How long does it take to charge an electric car?

By Product Expert | Posted in EV, FAQs, Technology, VW ID.4 on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 8:45 am
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Volkswagen Answers Common EV Questions

Many people are apprehensive about buying an electric vehicle. That’s mainly because there are a lot of questions that don’t have obvious answers.

Today, we’ll show you the Volkswagen answers to two of those questions: “How long does it take to charge an electric car,” and “What happens if I don’t have private parking?”


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How long does charging an EV actually take?

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Charging rates range from very slowly to almost full in around 30 minutes. How fast your vehicle charges depends on which type of outlet you have. There are three types:

  • Level 1 is from typical 120-volt household outlet. For each hour plugged into one of these, you’ll get about 2-5 miles of range.
  • Level 2 is from a 240-volt outlet. This is the type of outlet many appliances and heavy-duty power tools use.  This outlet provides 12-24 miles per hour of charge.
  • Level 3 or DC fast charging is usually only found at a public charging station. They use special equipment, like heavy-duty cables and inverters, so the current doesn’t have to be converted from AC to DC. This makes charge times incredibly fast, reaching 80% charge in 30 to 40 minutes.

If you own a home with a garage, you’ll likely have access to both level 1 and 2 charging. If you’re very committed to owning an EV, level 3 charging equipment can be purchased and professionally installed in your home. And yes, you can safely charge an EV in the rain.

What if I don’t have access to private parking?

While many people think range anxiety is the deciding factor when it comes to EVs, private parking is the factor that should be the make-or-break choice. Since 80% of charging is done at home, if you don’t have a reliable way to charge your vehicle, then an EV is harder to own. You’ll have to do all of your charging at public stations, which makes things more difficult. However, public charging stations are becoming more and more common, so owning an EV without having private parking isn’t impossible.

Have more EV questions?

We definitely recommend checking out the official Volkswagen FAQ. If you’re interested in owning an EV, we also recommend checking out the Volkswagen ID.4, the brand-new all-electric crossover slated to come to the States in late 2020 and early 2021.

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