How Long Does it Take to Charge an Electric Car?

Electric Car Charger


If you’ve been noticing more and more electric and hybrid vehicles on the road in Livonia, you’re not alone! Thanks to recent technological advances and growing demand, mainstream automakers have entered the zero-emissions arena. This development has prompted many drivers to learn more about the benefits of EVs, and to ask questions about electric car charging times. So, how long does it take to charge an electric car? Most EV drivers use a Level 2 charger that delivers a full charge overnight. 

Get the info you need on Level 1, level 2, and Level 3 EV charging systems in the guide below from Gordon Chevrolet, Inc.. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about Chevrolet electric vehicles like the Bolt EV and the all-new Bolt EUV, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Electric Car Charging Times

Electric car charging time depends on the type of charger. There are three power levels for chargers available to EV drivers: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Learn how long it takes to charge an electric car with each EV charger type, below:

  • Level 1: 120-Volt Portable Electric Car Charger – Many Canton drivers keep one of these chargers in the glove box as a backup power source. While they charge slowly compared to Level 2 and 3 chargers, they allow you to siphon power from any via any 120-volt, three-prong household outlet. Level 1 chargers deliver about 4 miles of charge per hour of charging time.
  • Level 2: 240-Volt Charging Unit – Level 2 chargers are the units you often see in front of grocery stores and at gas stations. If you drive an EV, you’ll most likely have one of these installed in your garage so that you can fully charge your vehicle overnight. Level 2 chargers deliver a full charge in 9.5 hours, and about 25 miles per hour of charging time.
  • Level 3: DC Fast Charging – The quickest charge comes from Level 3 chargers, which you’ll only find at public charging stations. Many Level 2 chargers can be accessed free of charge, but you’ll pay a higher fee for a CD fast charge. How long does it take to charge an electric car with the most powerful charging system? Level 3 chargers deliver up to 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes, and up to 160 miles per hour or charging time.

Can I Drive Without Electric Power? 

If the prospect of an all-electric vehicle makes you uneasy, or you live in a part of Plymouth where there aren’t many EV charging stations, you may wenas to consider a hybrid instead. These vehicles rely on both a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor, working together to get you from point A to point B with fantastic efficiency. In many ways, a hybrid offers the best of both worlds:

  • The ability to drive on entirely electric power when you want to
  • The freedom to fill up with gasoline when and where you need it, without worrying about the electric range
  • Lower cost upfront compared to electric vehicles

Perhaps best of all, the electric motor in a hybrid vehicle charges as you drive — so you never need to plug in for power.

Discover Chevrolet Electric Vehicles in Garden City 

To learn more about the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV, visit our online model showroom por stop by our dealership near Dearborn Heights. The team at Gordon Chevrolet, Inc. is happy to provide performance specs or answer any questions you may have about electric car charging times, whether you can drive without electric power, and more. Contact us online or give us a call at 734-237-7162 to start a conversation!

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