How long does it take to charge an EV?

Most people have three charge options to choose from:

The 3 Pin Plug – Yes, you can charge an electric car using a 3-pin plug (it’s just like pluging in your kettle), although charging will take a darn sight longer than boiling the water.

On average you can charge at a rate of 10 miles for each hour of charging.

Meaning, if your car had a range of 300 miles like a Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona, it would take a mind boggling 30 hours to charge from empty to full.

3.7Kw home charger point – This is the slow version of the home charger point and is not that much faster than using the 3-pin plug.

On average you can charge at a rate of 15 miles for each hour of charging.

Meaning, if your car had a range of 300 miles, it would still take a staggering 20 hours to charge from empty to full.

7.4Kw home charger point – This is the fast version of home charger points, which operates on single phase electricity systems, which 99% of homes will have installed.

On average you can charge at a rate of 30 miles for each hour of charging.

Meaning, if your car had a range of 300 miles, it would take an acceptable time of 10 hours to charge from empty to full, which can be achieved during the evenings ready for when you wake up.

There is a fourth option (22Kw charger point), but it requires you to have 3-phase electricity, which is only usually found in a farmhouse, commercial buildings converted into residential or workplaces.

If you do have a 3-phase feed (although the charge point installation is more expensive) it’s worth considering, as your 300-mile range EV will be fully charged from empty is a superfast 3 hours.

…hopefully, you’ve found this electric vehicle charging speed information useful.