How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

An electric car battery is a series of smaller batteries.

You have three main options when it comes to charging your electric car in Eagan. It depends on the types of plugs or ports you have in your garage, and if you use public charging stations at some point. Thanks to available charging adapters you won’t be tied to just one charging method. However, the type of charging you choose will alter the electric car charging time. When we ask, “How long does it take to charge an electric car?” The answer varies depending on which of these options you choose for your Woodbury drives.

Want to learn more now? Read our guide to electric car charging times from the experts at Mauer Buick GMC. If you’re interested, check out our GM Hummer EV to see what a super pickup truck can do!



How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car at Home?

You have two options for an electric car charging time at home for your new vehicle.

Level 1 Charging: Domestic 110V/120V Outlet

Your new EV will come with a Level 1 charger. Most drivers keep this in the vehicle as a backup, rather than using it as a sole charging method. Level 1 chargers provide an estimated four miles of range per charging hour. This is the charging time that will charge your car in about 24 to 48 hours through a regular outlet in your garage.

Installed Brand-Approved Level 2 Domestic Charging

Level 2 (240V+) chargers must be professionally installed by an electrician. Using a Level 2 charger can recharge your EV much faster than Level 1 chargers. Level 2 chargers provide an estimated 24 miles of range per charging hour. You can reach 100% capacity overnight while you sleep, generally between 8 and 10 hours.

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car in Public?

You’ll see more and more public charging stations around Saint Paul. These offer faster electric car charging times.

Level 2 Public Charging

Level 2 public charging stations are more and more common around Saint Paul, and they provide similar charging speeds to level 2 home chargers. You can often find them at major retailers like Walgreens, Kohl’s, and Whole Foods, as well as at universities, hotels, banks, and parking garages. These charging stations are good if you need some extra juice to get back home after a long day of running errands.

Level 3 Rapid Charging

Some public chargers offer 150 kW rapid charging, and these can power up your EV the fastest of any charging method. However, they’re usually only available along major highways and freeways and cannot be installed at home. Level 3 chargers provide up to 60 to 100 miles of range per twenty minutes of charging. You could reach full capacity in about an hour.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Car Charging Time

Do you drive a plug-in hybrid (PHEV)? Your electric car charging times are generally much shorter because the EV batteries are smaller. Chances are this type of vehicle will take between 1 and 4 hours to fully charge. Why so short? PHEVs use electricity only for a small amount of time or at certain speeds, then switch over to gasoline power until you can recharge the battery.

Find Your Electric Vehicle Near Saint Paul

In the coming years, both Buick and GMC will come out with modern, high-tech EVs. Contact us or call (651) 645-9474 to talk to us about when we should see some EVs on our lot. We think you’ll love one of these new vehicles in your Inver Grove Heights garage.


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