How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle

How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle


One of the main considerations and often worries of purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) is the time it takes to charge, especially if you make regular journeys or drive long distances. Range anxiety is also a real worry, particularly with pure electric vehicles.

What is EV range?

Electric vehicles have a certain amount of energy stored in the battery which determines the distance the vehicle can travel using only electric energy. These miles are referred to as range.

The range can vary depending on your driving style and the conditions inside and outside of the vehicle, so you will likely find you get less range during the winter months as the electricity supply is taken up heating the vehicle.

Does range anxiety apply to Hybrid vehicles?

Hybrid cars are a little different in that they have a petrol reserve which can be switched to once the electric energy is used up, so it essentially eliminates range anxiety. For this reason, Hybrid vehicles are best suited to those making longer journeys.

Why do electric charge times matter?

When you are in the process of purchasing an electric vehicle, the charge times should be considered as some models can be charged whilst you grab a coffee at the services, whereas others require a little more time.

Home chargers are a great way to charge your vehicle, as you can leave it on charge overnight and it will be ready to drive the next morning.

Home charge points come as either a standard 3-point plug or a home wall charger which offers much faster charging. The good thing is, there are grants available for having a home charge point fitted, which saves on the initial cost.

Slow charger options:

Fast charger options:

Compare electric charge times

We’ve compared some of the most popular electric vehicles on the market with the time it takes to charge using a public charge point (rapid) and a home wall box option.

ModelElectric Range (miles)Rapid Charge 100kW (to 80%)Home Wall Box (to 80%)
Citroen e-C4220             30 minutesFrom 4 hours
Cupra Born33535 minutesFrom 6 hours
Ford Mach-E37945 minutesFrom 9 hours
Hyundai IONIQ19357 minutesFrom 6.5 hours
Hyundai Kona30047 minutesFrom 6 hours
Kia Soul EV28254 minutesFrom 9.5 hours
Kia e-Niro28254 minutesFrom 9.5 hours
Kia EV632818 minutesFrom 7.5 hours
Mazda MX-3012436 minutesFrom 3 hours
MG ZS EV27363 minutesFrom 8 hours
Peugeot e-200821430 minutesFrom 7.5 hours
Renault Zoe23965 minutesFrom 9 hours
Vauxhall Corsa-E20930 minutesFrom 7.5 hours
Vauxhall Mokka20930 minutesFrom 7 hours
Volkswagen ID.432038 minutesFrom 7.5 hours

With so many electric vehicles on the market, it can make it difficult to know which one to go for, but we can put you in touch with a dealer near you who would be happy to advise you on what electric vehicle might be best suited to you and your needs.

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