How Much Energy Does It Take To Charge An Electric Car?
A lot of people have been put off buying an electric car because the charging aspect is very different from just filling your car up with diesel or petrol. We take a look at how long electric vehicle charging takes, and how long the charge will last.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
The amount of time it will take to charge an electric car will depend on two things:
- Battery size – the bigger the battery the longer it will take to charge
- Amount of power the charger can deliver
It can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 12 hours to charge an electric vehicle, but it usually takes around 8 hours on average.
How are electric cars charged?
Electric cars are charged by being plugged into a power outlet – either at your home or at a car park or service station.
If you are going on a long drive, it is advised that you stop at a service station along the way and charge your car. The advantage of charging your car at an electric vehicle charging station rather than at home is that the service station will usually have commercial chargers that will charge your vehicle much faster.
It has been said that the most efficient way to charge your car is in small bursts throughout the day, and then leave it plugged in overnight when you get home.
Can I charge my electric car at home?
Yes. You can have an electric vehicle charging point installed at home so that you can easily charge your vehicle when you are not using it. D-ENERGI also offers an electric vehicle charging station solution for workplaces, offering employers a free no-obligation site survey.
How much will it cost to charge an electric car?
It is quite easy to work out how much it will cost to charge your electric car by doing a few simple calculations.
You need to know the kWh of the charging point and then multiply this by the cost of your electricity.
To find the kWh of your charging point, you will need to check the power of your charger. Most home chargers are 3.7w but it is best to check yours just to make sure. You then need to convert this power into watts by multiplying it by 1000. So, a standard electric vehicle home charger is 3.7kwh x 1000 = 3700 watts
Then think about how long you will be charging your electric vehicle. If we go with the standard of 8 hours, then we need to multiply 3700 watts by 8 hours = 29600 watts. We then divide this by 1000 to convert it back to kWh, which brings us to 29.6 kWh.
Now that we know the kWh it will take us to charge our electric vehicle, we can work out how much this will cost us by multiplying the kWh by the cost of electricity. The average cost of electricity is 0.13p at the moment, so we multiply 0.13 by 29.6 = £3.80 a day.
To find out more about how D-ENERGi can help you with electric vehicle charging points for domestic or commercial use, please get in touch.