Power supply connect to electric vehicle for charge to the battery. Charging technology industry transport which are the futuristic of the Automobile. EV fuel Plug in hybrid car.

Electric Car Charging Realities: What No One Is Talking About

As electric vehicles (EVs) zip into the mainstream, charging infrastructure becomes a key topic for prospective EV owners. The surge in electric vehicle ads, from star-studded productions to Super Bowl debuts, hints at a growing national trend.

With the Inflation Reduction Act sweetening the deal with tax credits up to $7,500, many Americans are considering the switch. However, the burning question remains: How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Understanding the charging dynamics begins with knowing the types of electric vehicles. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are the ones that can be charged externally. Charging speed varies across three levels: Level 1, commonly found in residential outlets; Level 2, used at home, workplaces, or public stations; and Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC), the speediest, often seen at highway corridor stations.

DCFC can charge an EV battery up to 80% in a quick 20 minutes to an hour. However, drivers are advised to continue their journey once the battery hits 80% as the charging slows down to prevent damage. Level 1 charging takes about 40-50 hours for BEVs and 5-6 hours for PHEVs from empty to full. Level 2 equipment, more common, takes 4-10 hours for BEVs and 1-2 hours for PHEVs.

When it comes to cost, the math is straightforward. The average U.S. household pays about 16 cents per kWh, according to the United States Energy Information Administration. Considering a conservative estimate of an electric car getting 3 to 4 miles per kWh, drivers can estimate their monthly charging costs. For instance, driving about 1,124 miles per month (a typical American’s monthly average), an EV would use around 375 kWh. At 16 cents per kWh, home charging would cost nearly $60 per month.

While these charging times and costs offer a glimpse into the EV experience, they also highlight the need for widespread charging infrastructure development to ease concerns for potential EV adopters. As the electric revolution accelerates, staying informed about charging options and costs becomes crucial for anyone contemplating a switch to electric wheels.

Author: Madison Cates

Title: Managing Editor


Research journalist, Freelance writer, Managing editor

  • Expertise: automotive content, trending topics.
  • Education: LeTourneau University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
  • Over 400 articles and short news pieces published across the web.

Experience: Madison Cates is a journalist located in the great state of Texas. She began writing over eight years ago. Her first major research piece was published by the Journal of Business and Economics in 2018. After growing up in a household of eight brothers and a dad who was always restoring old Camaros, she naturally pivoted her freelance career into the automotive industry. There, she found her passion. Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.

Similar Posts