Investing in an electric vehicle (EV) is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the environment. But you might be wondering about electric car charging at home. Can you charge your car fast enough at home to make sure you can drive it every day?
The time it will take to charge an electric car typically depends on the type and size of the charger you're using, as well as the configuration of the vehicle’s batteries. The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or as long as 20 hours. Here’s what you need to know about EV charging at home.
Types of Electric Car Chargers
There are three main types of EV charging devices:
- Rapid chargers, as the name suggests, are the fastest way to charge an EV. They are usually found at service stations. Rapid chargers can fill an EV’s batteries in as little as 30 minutes, but more typically take around 1 hour on a standard 50 kW rapid charge point. The actual charging time depends on the model of the vehicle. The Tesla Supercharger Network is a well-known example of rapid chargers.
- Fast chargers are typically rated at either 7kW or 22kW. A 7kW charger takes around 4-6 hours to charge an EV, which has a 40kW battery, while a 22kW takes one or two hours to charge the same vehicle.
- Slow chargers are rated at 3kW or 6kW. A 3kW charging unit takes around 6-12 hours to charge fully.
How to Charge an EV at Home
Charging your car at home is generally the most convenient and cost-effective method of charging. There are two different levels of home charging available: Level 1 and Level 2.
- Level 1 charging occurs when you charge an electric vehicle using the charger included with the car. These chargers can be plugged into a standard 120V outlet, with the other end being plugged directly into the vehicle. These types of chargers take approximately 20 hours to recharge a vehicle.
- Level 2 chargers are sold separately from the car, but are often purchased at the same time. These chargers require a dedicated 240V circuit installation in the home’s garage. Level 2 chargers generally charge three to seven times faster than a Level 1 charger, depending on the car and charger model.
Which Type of Charging Solution Is Best for You?
If you want to use your EV every day, a level 2 home charging station installation is recommended. Many EV owners find that the standard Level 1 chargers that come with many electric cars simply don’t charge quickly enough, particularly if they want to use the vehicle full time.
Having a Level 2 charger at home allows you to do most of your vehicles charging at home. You’ll typically be able to charge your vehicle enough each day to cover your daily activities. Usually, you’ll only need to charge your vehicle for a few hours each evening to give you enough charge for the next day.
Get Your Level 2 Charger Installed
If you’re looking to get a Level 2 charger system installed in your home, then get in touch with your local Mr. Electric. Our experts can install a dedicated circuit and a Level 2 EV charger for faster charging to ensure your EV is always ready to go! Call us at (844) 866-1367 with your questions about electric car charging at home.
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