How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

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When it comes to charging your new electric vehicle in Orland Park, there are different options available with different plugs and ports so you won’t be tied to just one charging method. So how long does it take to charge an electric car? This depends on the charging option you choose.

There is a wide variety of EVs available and each has different charging packs with various electric car charging times. When it’s time to learn more about your Volkswagen electric car charging time, contact our service team at Volkswagen of Orland Park near Chicago.

What are My Electric Car Charging Options?

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): The basic outlet is a normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 Charging) which doesn’t offer fast charging speed but is a good option for topping off the charge you used to commute to work. So how long does it take to charge an electric car? 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.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Level 2 charging uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers most often made for your brand of car will have significantly faster charging rates than using a regular grounded household outlet. Level 2 Charging is typically professionally installed. 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.
  3. Public Charging: You can charge on-the-go in Tinley Park 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!

Typical Domestic Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Electric car charging times will vary based on whether you choose Level 1 or Level 2 charging. Here’s more information on charging:

  • 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, your electric car charging times could be much less. These types of vehicles can typically take between 1-4 hours to fully charge. This is because these models don’t fully rely on electricity as an energy source. 

Find Your Electric Vehicle Near Joliet

Check out our online inventory to find the new EV model that’s right for you and your Chicago driving needs. Our team can help you apply for financing online when the time comes as well. Have questions in the meantime? Contact our team.

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