• How Long Does it Take to Charge an EV?

    Will it take hours?

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    scottf200 on July 16, 2011 Reply

    The information above is correct for a Nissan Leaf but a Chevrolet Volt can charge it’s 40ish mile battery in about 9 hours (ie. easily overnight) on 110v (Level 1). On 220v it takes about 4 hours (Level 2).

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    Jessica Bosari on June 18, 2011 Reply

    The length of time needed to charge your EV battery will depend on the type of charger and the voltage of the connection.

    You can plug your car into a standard wall outlet, but it will take about 20 hours to charge. This is called level 1 or trickle charging.

    You can also use a level 2 charger. Some require a hardwired installation, while others can be mounted to the wall and plugged into a 240 volt outlet, like those used for most major appliances. Level 2 charging cuts the time to about eight hours.

    Level 3 chargers only take 30 minutes. However, they will not be available for home installation. These high-voltage chargers will be at charging stations and other public venues.

    *Level 1 at home, no special equipment needed: 20 hours

    *Level 2 at home, charger installation required: 8 hours

    *Level 3 public charging stations: 30 minutes

    Source: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/vehicles/electric_charging_equipment.html

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