How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

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Are you sick and tired of learning how to be efficient on the road, so you’re shopping for a fuel-efficient model from National Auto Plaza? If you noticed an electric car that you like, you might be wondering about the electric car charging times and how that will fit into your busy schedule. There are several charging methods that work for different occasions in the Salt Lake City, but generally, an electric car can take anywhere from roughly an hour to a few days for a full charge. Find out about the different methods of charging and when is the best time to use them below!

Typical Electric Car Charging Times at Home

If you drive an EV, you should get a charger installed at your Draper home. This way, you can conveniently power up your ride at the end of the day. Here are the two common methods of home charging:

Domestic Outlet Charging (Regular Outlet)

  • What is it? A normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet or also known as Level 1 Charging.
  • What is the average charge time? Usually 24 hours or even days for a full charge.
  • When do drivers use this method? To top off some of the charge they used that day.

Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging

  • What is it? Professionally-installed rapid chargers (usually 240V+) that are often brand-specific. Also known as Level 2 charging. DC fast chargers are more common than AC ones.
  • What is the average charge time? Usually a few hours for a full charge. Possible to get an 80% charge in 30 to 40 minutes while the last 20% will take a bit longer due to the diminishing rate of charging speed
  • When do drivers use this method? Often used overnight for a full charge, so they can hit the roads again in the morning.

Typical Electric Car Charging Time in Public

If you’re out and about, you can easily locate public charging stations in South Salt Lake and West Valley via apps like Charge Hub or PlugShare. Here are more details to know:

  • What type of charging is offered in public? Often Level 2 charging. This could be 22 kW charging, 43-50 kW rapid charging, and even 150 kW rapid charging!
  • Where are the stations located? From parking garages, malls, and hotels, to even big-name stores like Kohls and Walgreens, stations are readily accessible.
  • What is the average charge time? It’s possible for some vehicles to get a 0 to 100% charge in just an hour though chances are, you don’t need a full charge to finish your commute before you head home. If you do need a full charge, it’s more likely that it can take you 4, 6, or even 11 hours for a full charge at a public station.

Learn More from National Auto Plaza

Electric cars or another automotive topic, National Auto Plaza is your go-to source for all things auto-related! Feel free to reach out for more information and if you need car maintenance or a new-to-you vehicle in Sandy, we can help you out as well.


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