How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle battery?
The charging time is mainly influenced by:
- The battery, its capacity, and the level of discharge at the time of refuelling (similar to a gasoline tank)
- The charging mode (mode 1, 2, 3 or 4), and the electrical power available at the charging point (an equivalent would be the flow rate of the gasoline pump)
- To a lesser extent, the condition of the components and environmental conditions (humidity and temperature)
Besides, it must be taken into account that, to protect the durability of the battery, the supplied power is automatically reduced when reaching 80%, lengthening afterwards the charging procedure.
- A citizen connects the electric car to his Chargevite AC S at night. If its 40 kWh battery is, when plugging, at 15%, it will take 4 hours to reach 80% if the available power is 7.2 kW.
- A family who spends Saturday afternoon in a shopping mall, recharges the car in a parking place with a Chargevite DC Compact charger (18 kW). If the 50 kWh battery is connected at 20%, it will take less than 2 hours to reach 80%.
- A saleswoman stops for lunch at her favourite restaurant, equipped with a Chargevite DC Performance (72 kW available power). If the battery of her electric vehicle is 60 kWh and it starts the recharge with only 5% remaining, in 40 minutes it will already be at 80% of its capacity.
How much does it cost to recharge an electric vehicle?
In specialized articles, it is concluded that the domestic recharge of an electric car can cost, depending on the contracted rate, from € 0.9 to € 1.8 per 100 km (with an average consumption of 16 kWh per 100 km), While in a public charger a recharge of those same 100 km varies from € 4.64 to € 12.64.
The consumption of a similar diesel or gasoline car may cost between € 8 and € 12.
It must be highlighted that the maintenance cost of an electric vehicle can be half of a combustion vehicle’s during its useful life.
How can I find out where there are charging points?
There are several mobile applications and web pages where you can find the closest charging points, such as:
https://www.electromaps.com/ (Charging stations around the world)
https://placetoplug.com/ (Charging stations in Europe)
https://www.zap-map.com/ (Charging stations in the UK and Ireland)
Or simply write “Electric charger” in Google Maps (https://www.google.es/maps)