How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

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How long is the average electric car charging time? Henderson drivers are clamoring to know! Of course, we can’t provide definitive information on every EV ever produced; the answer to the question “How long does it take to charge an electric car,” varies greatly depending on which EV you drive — and there are many, from the affordable Hyundai IONIQ5 to far more expensive options from the likes of Tesla and RIVIAN. Ready to learn more? Read on or call us anytime at 725-236-4400.

What are My Electric Car Charging Options?

One of the biggest determinants of how fast you can charge your EV is what type of EV charging you choose to utilize. There are three main types of charging, each with different charging speeds:

  1. Public Charging: You can charge on-the-go in North Las Vegas at parking garages, malls, hotels, and even apartment buildings. You’ll often find charging stations at big-name national stores like Walgreens and Kohls, and more charging stations are being added every day across the country. These charging stations vary in type and speed, but often provide Level 2 charging speeds for greater convenience. Some public chargers even offer emissions-free renewable energy charging with solar panels or wind turbines!
  2. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): A normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 Charging) doesn’t offer a fast charging speed but it’s a good option for topping off some of the charge you used commuting to work that day. How long does Level 1 charging take? Usually around 24 hours or more for a full charge. In other words, expect it to take days, not hours, to charge with this method.
  3. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Level 2 Charging is typically professionally installed. Level 2 charging uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers most often made for your brand of car and will have significantly faster charging rates than using a regular grounded household outlet. Think hours, not days. DC fast chargers (as opposed to AC ones) are also common. It’s not unheard of to obtain an 80% charge in a half an hour or forty minutes with this type of charging method, but that extra 20% will take longer as there’s a diminishing rate of charging speed as well.

Typical Domestic Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Domestic car charging times vary based on whether you choose Level 1 or Level 2 charging. Here’s more on that:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can often get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging, though. For this reason, most people intermix daytime “top-off” charging with overnight charging.

If you drive a plug-in hybrid, chances are you can get away with a full charge in around half a day’s work, or 4 hours. Why? PHEVs have much smaller battery capacity than standard EVs.

Hyundai of Las Vegas is Your EV Source in Las Vegas

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn more about average electric car charging time expectations, we invite you to explore all of our hybrids and EVs for sale at Hyundai of Las Vegas. You’ll find plenty of options, from the Elantra and Sonata sedan hybrids to the Tucson SUV hybrid and even the IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!


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