How Fast Does an Electric Car Charge?
For fast charging, electric vehicles (EVs) typically use direct current (DC) charging hardware that can deliver large amounts of power in a short amount of time. On a 350 kW DC fast charger, the most capable EV models can charge from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes, potentially adding hundreds of miles of range in that time period.
Older EV models and DCFC stations are limited to sub-100 kW charging, which can take around 45 minutes to achieve similar fast charging results. EVs also tend to charge more slowly after 80% state of charge, as the battery cannot take as much in as it approaches a full charge and the management software seeks to protect the pack from damage.
Here are some approximate 10-80% charge times for different levels of EV power, based on an average pack size of 75kWh:
- 50kW - 60 minutes
- 100kW - 30 minutes
- 150kW - 20 minutes
- 200 kW -15 minutes
For EV drivers choosing slower level 2 charging, speed and charging time become less of a factor as the vehicle is typically left parked overnight or while doing other activities that take several hours.