How long does it take to charge an electric car

How long does it take to charge an electric car

Over the past decade, the automobile industry has experienced a drastic increase in advancement with diverse topnotch inventions like the automatic headlights, Lazer LED headlights, bendable headlights, bumper mounted headlight systems, and now Electric vehicles. Ever since its successful debut in 1890 – thanks to Williams Morrison, the Electric car has gained even more popularity here in the U.S. However, some prospective buyers still remain hesitant to opt-in for this choice of ride and one of the big reasons is that charging electric cars is said to be slow. So, how long does it take to charge an electric car?

It typically takes at least 30 minutes to charge up to 80 percent at the fastest car charging stations depending on the battery of the electric car. Now, that’s quite a lot of waiting hours for drivers of today who are accustomed to refueling their cars in less than 5 minutes. However, it’s speculated that in six to 12 years, though, far faster charging stations would have been made possible. In the same vein, battery production companies are developing more durable and stable lithium-ion battery materials, as well as new “solid state” batteries, that would support faster charging speeds. 

charge an electric car

Although there are still engineering and science hurdles to overcome before ultra fast-charging electric car batteries are made both technically feasible and affordable, a team of scientists has been said to have recently designed a lithium battery prototype that was able to recharge more than 50 percent of its capacity in just three minutes under laboratory conditions. With also the capacity to repeatedly do so thousand of times without significantly degrading. This development could pave a path towards the development of batteries that can recharge fully in less than 10 minutes and sustain for several hours. 

With that being said, let’s take a look at a table depicting how long it takes to charge an electric car according to different EVs models.

How long does it take to fully charge electric cars

How long does it take to fully charge electric cars
Vehicle Empty To Full Charging Time 
ModelBatteryPod Point Confidence Range 3.7KW Slow7KWFast22KW Fast 43- 50KW Rapid150KW Rapid 
Nissan Leaf (2018)40kWh143 Miles11hrs6hrs6hrs1hrCan’t charge on this kind of charger
Tesla Model S (2019)75kWh238 Miles21hrs11hrs5hrs2hrs<1hr
Mitsubishis Outlander PHEV (2018)13.8kWh24 Miles4hrs4hrs4hrs40minsCan’t charge on this kind of charger

While many drivers prefer to top up charge rather than waiting for their electric car’s battery to recharge from empty to full, it’s possible to add up to a 100 miles of driving range in less than 35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger. Just like our mobile phones, electric cars can be topped up during the day and recharge from empty to full overnight. Electric cars are indeed a wonder and could be considered a ride of the future. Still, its headlight maintenance routine isn’t as different from that of our regular cars. 

Just as you would when your car headlights look foggy or appear oxidized, ensure you clean your electric car’s headlight regularly and restore them from time to time using a headlight restoration kit

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