How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Vehicle?

Mercedes-Benz EV Charging

When it comes to the electric car charging time, you have several different options for your new electric vehicle, each with different plugs and ports, but with available charging adapters that won’t leave you tied to one charging method. How long charging takes depends on the type, make, and model of EV you drive. Learn more about the three main types of EV charging — domestic, rapid domestic, and public charging — and how you’re choice determines your electric car charging time. Mercedes-Benz of Centerville has all of your details about electric car charging time and additional Mercedes-Benz information to help make your visit efficient and enjoyable.



What are My Electric Car Charging Options?

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): While the normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 Charging) doesn’t provide fast charging speeds, it’s an excellent choice for topping off some of the charges used driving to work. This charging level takes around 24 hours or more for a full charge. Charging with this method can take days not hours.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Level 2 Charging is often professionally installed. Level 2 charging uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers made for your brand of car to ensure faster charging rates than a regular grounded household outlet. DC faster chargers are also common. It’s not uncommon to get an 80% charge in 30 to 40 minutes with this charging method, but that extra 20% takes a long since there’s a diminishing rate of charging speed.
  3. Public Charging: Charge on-the-go near Kettering or Springboro at parking garages, malls, hotels, and even apartment buildings. You can find charging stations at big-name national stores like Walgreens and Kohls, with more charging stations added each day across the country. These charging stations vary with the type and speed, but often provide Level 2 charging speeds for convenience. There are public chargers that offer emissions-free renewable energy charging with solar panels or wind turbines!

Typical Domestic Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Domestic car charging times will vary depending on whether you opt for Level 1 or Level 2 charging. Get more details below:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging takes hours to fully charge an electric car. Generally speaking, a single night of Level 2 charging is sufficient to fully recharge an EV.
  • Level 3 EV charging can fully recharge most EVs in an hour or less, or add significant range in just ten minutes.

So, which one is right for you? Level 3 is only offered in public, but at select locations, it’s faster than other charger methods. Because of this, most EV owners will mix rapid charging and Level 2 at-home charging in their day-to-day lives.

If you drive a plug-in hybrid, charging times can be lower, which is between one to four hours to charge completely. This is because they don’t solely rely on electricity as an energy source. Most drivers use electric range for a short amount of time or under certain speeds, then switch to gas power.

Typical Public Charging Electric Car Charging Time

Most at-home chargers provide 3.7 kW or 7 kW charging. Visit a public charging station for 22 kW charging, 43-50 kW rapid charging, and 150 kW rapid charging. For some vehicles, you can get a full charge (0-100%) in about an hour or so, and in other cases, it can take four, six, or 11 hours for a full charge.

Test Drive a New Electric Vehicle Near Oakwood

Are you interested in an electric vehicle like the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS? Stop by Mercedes-Benz of Centerville to explore our inventory and find the electric car better suited for taking on your Bellbrook commute and weekend adventures. Apply for financing at home, and don’t hesitate to contact our team with any questions.


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