How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

Tesla Model 3 charging on a rooftop parking lot

With zero emissions and reduced maintenance costs, an electric car could be an ideal choice to upgrade your Scottsdale commute. While you’ll eliminate the need for those costly visits to the pump, you will need to recharge your EV regularly. How long does it take to charge an electric car? The electric car charging time varies depending on the make and model, the type of plug and port, and other factors. Learn more about how long it will take to charge up your EV in this guide from iAUTOHAUS. If you are interested in getting behind the wheel of an affordable electric car, check out our used EV inventory in Tempe today!

Electric Car Charging Time

How long does it take to charge an electric car? There’s no one answer as different electric vehicles have their own unique battery packs and converters. Typically, you will have three main charging options — domestic charging, rapid domestic charging, and public charging. Each one of these provides a different electric car charging time. Review the EV charging options below.

Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet)

  • Relies on a normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 Charging)
  • Has the slowest electric car charging time
  • A three-pin plug will fully recharge a Tesla Model S in 33-44 hours

Brand-Approved Rapid Domestic Charging

  • Uses a professionally installed charging station (Level 2 Charging) that is brand-specific to the EV model you drive
  • Relies on 240V+ to speed up electric car charging time
  • A Level 2 Charger can fully recharge a Tesla Model S in 8 to 12 hours, but you can typically get up to an 80% charge in 30 minutes

Public Charging

  • With more and more Tempe-area public charging stations, it is easier than ever to get recharged on the go
  • Public charging stations vary in type and speed, but typically provide Level 2 Charging
  • A Level 3 DCFC Tesla Supercharger will fully recharge a Tesla S in 15-25 minutes
  • Some stations offer emissions-free renewable energy charging with solar panels or wind turbines

Test Drive a Used Electric Vehicle Today at iAUTOHAUS

If you are ready to get behind the wheel of a high-quality pre-owned electric vehicle, contact us to schedule a test drive today. Just make sure to take a look at our used vehicle specials to take advantage of some of the best deals in the Phoenix and Chandler area. You’ll get the right used EV at the right price when you choose iAUTOHAUS, so come see us today!


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