Electric Car Charging FAQ
We will answer some of the most asked questions about charging an electric vehicle.
How Long Does an Electric Car Need to be Fully Charged?
You should use our calculator.. but typically, an electric car with a 60 kWh battery will take up to 9-10 hours to fully charge using a 7.4kW charging point.
Many drivers like to top-up their electric cars with charge. They don’t like to wait around for a full discharge. If you are one of them, you can add around 100 miles of range in most electric cars if you charge it with a 50kW quick charger for around 35 minutes.
Can I Charge My Electric Car Every Night?
Yes, you can. Charging at night is an efficient way to charge your electrical vehicle. By morning, it will have a full charge. Also, you can take advantage of off-peak electricity hours. Hence, you can charge your car at a cheaper rate.
How Often Should I Charge My Electric Vehicle?
There is no need to worry about that. You can charge your EV as much as you like. Sure.. your battery will degrade a little over time. But it will take many charging cycles before even noticing it.
If I don’t Plan to Use My Car For an Extended Period, Do I Have to Charge it Fully?
If you don’t plan to use your car for an extended period, charge it fully to 100% before storing it. Then, keep charging the battery periodically (every three months) to avoid it from getting depleted completely.
Is Fast Charging Bad or Good For Electric Vehicles?
Despite the wide speculation, fast charging is not at all bad for electric cars except in some critical situations. It is, in fact, good for your electric batteries and keeps them healthier.
This is even better than the level 2 chargers. However, we would not recommend frequent use of fast charging as it can harm your battery in the long run.
What is the Cost of Charging an Electric Car at a Charging Station?
Let’s say that for every kilowatt-hour, electricity cost is $0.11 then you can charge an electric vehicle with a 70-mile range for around $2.64. This is for an empty-to-full charging of a fully-discharged 24 kWh battery.
In simpler words, if you run an average central air-conditioning system for about six hours, it will cost the same.
How Long Does an Electric Vehicle Battery Last?
According to Consumer Reports, an average electric vehicle battery will live for 200,000 miles i.e around 17 years of usage if it is driven for 12,000 miles per year.