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December 04,2017

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

Have you been dreaming about owning an electric vehicle for years, but aren’t sure if it will work for your busy modern lifestyle? One of the most commonly asked questions that potential buyers have is “How long does it take to charge an electric car?”. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we provide premium residential and commercial electrical services including EV charging station installation, repair and replacement. Our experts enjoy helping local drivers find ways to improve the safety and convenience of charging their electric cars, trucks and SUVs, and we want to do the same for you. Here is some more information about charging times, and what you can expect after you’ve made the switch to electric.  

Varieties of Electric Vehicle Chargers 

The type of electric car charger is one of the most important factors to consider. Some units can take your car from zero to fully charged in half an hour. Others may require up to 12 hours to complete the task. Most chargers fall into one of three categories. Slow chargers are typically rated at 3kW or 6kW and take 6 to 12 hours for a full charge. Fast chargers come with a rating of 7kW or 22kW. A 7kW charger takes 4 to 6 hours to charge a battery, while a 22kW rated unit will charge a car in only 1 to 2 hours. Rapid chargers are top of the line and can charge a vehicle in 30 minutes to an hour. They are often rated at 50kW and are most often found at service stations. 

Charging Your Electric Car at Home 

While some drivers rely on commercial service stations to recharge their batteries, most communities aren’t yet equipped to provide adequate stations. Charging at home is certainly the most convenient method of charging and is much more cost effective. Some vehicles can use Level 1 charging stations, which frequently come with the car can be plugged into a standard 120V outlet. Level 1 chargers take around 20 hours to completely recharge an electric car battery. This isn’t a practical charging method for drivers who want to use their electric vehicle as their primary transportation, or for those with long commutes. Level 2 chargers are purchased separately from the vehicle and are plugged into a dedicated 240V outlet. They can charge up to 7 times faster than the minimum standard home chargers, so you can get back on the road in no time. 

Are You Ready to Invest in a Electric Vehicle Charging Station? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Have you decided that owning an electric car is the best choice for you? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians can help you achieve your goals with our EV charging station installation services. Do you already own an electric vehicle charger, but it isn’t reliable or wasn’t installed properly? We also offer dependable charging station repairs and replacements. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential services or to schedule an appointment with an experienced electrician in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Lake Worth, Benbrook, Bedford, Euless, Haslet, Southlake, Keller, Burleson, Weatherford, Saginaw, White Settlement, Colleyville, Grapevine, Hurst, North Richland Hills or another North Texas area community.