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How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

2022 Nissan LEAF charging


If you have been thinking about making the switch to an EV, you may have concerns about electric car charging time. The team at Ron Bouchard's Nissan understands, as we are often asked, “How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?”

Different EVs have different battery packs, so charging times will also vary. Unfortunately there is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, the automotive experts at Ron Bouchard's Nissan would be more than happy to discuss your charging options — domestic charging, rapid domestic charging, and public charging. This can give you a general idea of what you can expect as far as electric car charging time. 

Electric Car Charging Time by Method

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): A normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 charging) is certainly not the quickest way to charge an EV, but it is one of the most convenient. It is ideal for topping off some of the charge you used while commuting to the Leominster office or while running errands in Fitchburg? To fully charge your vehicle using Level 1 charging, it can take as long as 24 hours.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: A Level 2 charging station will need to be installed professionally. This method uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers most often. With this option, you can fully charge your EV in just a couple of hours. DC fast chargers (as opposed to AC ones) are also common, and these chargers can deliver an 80% charge in a half an hour or forty minutes. 
  3. Public Charging: You can also charge on-the-go in Gardner. Many businesses, hotels, and apartment complexes now feature charging stations that use DC fast chargers.

Domestic Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Remember that electric car charging time is dependent on which at-home charging method you prefer.

  • 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.

If you are worried about electric car charging time but still want to drive a more environmentally friendly vehicle, consider a plug-in hybrid. Most plug-in hybrids take between 1-4 hours to fully charge because the battery is not the vehicle’s sole energy source. 

Find the EV of Your Dreams at Ron Bouchard's Nissan

Ready to make the switch to an EV? We can’t blame you! EVs deliver a number of advantages that make them an excellent investment for savvy Lancaster car shoppers like you. Visit our showroom to get behind the wheel, or contact us with any questions you may have. You can also explore other options in the Nissan lineup more in-depth.

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