Go to content

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Considering the variety of electric cars and charging stations out there, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the time involved in EV charging can vary too. Overall charging time will depend on your electric vehicle specification and the charging mode you use. The period of time an electric car’s battery will take to recharge is determined by how many kilowatts (kW) the charging station can provide and how many your car can accept. The higher the battery wattage, the faster your electric vehicle will be charged up.

Once you have determined which charging types your electric vehicle offers, you can then choose between them – depending e.g. whether you have plenty of time on your hands or are in a hurry and just need a quick battery top-up.

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?

Pick your speed to suit you

There are three different charging modes (and corresponding charging rates):

SLOW
3 to 7 kW
EV: 8-24 hrs
PHEV: 2-5 hrs
FAST
11 to 22 kW
3-6 hrs
RAPID
50 to 150 kW
80% in
15-60 mins
Charging rate
Typcial charging time

Here’s how long it takes on average to charge Kia fully electric vehicles

Depending on the particular charging mode, the average time it takes to charge your EV’s battery can range from “within the hour” fast to “overnight” slow.

eu-common-user-input-table
Charging Time/Cable
Mid Range
Up to 80%

Up to 100%
Long Range
Up to 80%

Up to 100%
AC CHARGING HOUSEHOLD WALLBOX (7.2KW) - ~ 6h 20m - ~ 9h 50m
DC FAST CHARGING (100KW) ~ 35m - ~ 55m -

A closer look: charging modes & speeds compared

  • Slow charging (AC)

    • The majority of home charging points provide this slow charging rate of 3 to 7 kW.
    • Depending on the battery technology in the EV, it generally takes 8 to 24 hours to completely charge a battery (ideal for overnight home charging).
    • Charging equipment provides charging through a 220 volt (V), alternating-current (AC) plug and requires a dedicated circuit. Usually, slow charging involves the use of a standard household outlet (or a Type 2 socket).
    • This equipment is standard on EVs and doesn’t require the installation of charging equipment.
    • For this mode of charging you will receive a charging cord when you acquire your electric vehicle. On one end of the provided cord is a standard household plug. On the other end is a connector, which plugs into the vehicle.

  • Fast charging (AC)

    • Workplace charging stations and some public charging points tend to fall into this category: 11 to 22 kW.
    • Depending on the battery technology in the particular model, fast charging can take between 3 and 6 hours to completely charge.
    • Charging time may increase in cold temperatures.
    • Charging equipment provides charging through a 220V, AC plug and requires installation of home charging or public charging equipment.
    • Common fast connectors are: a tethered Type 1 or Type 2 socket.

  • Rapid charging

    • Only a few electric cars (such as the Kia e-Niro) are compatible with rapid charging: 50 to 150 kW.
    • Most rapid charging can provide an 80% charge in approx. 15 to 60 minutes.
    • Cold weather can lengthen the time required to charge.
    • Charging equipment utilises Type 2 Combo or CHAdeMO technology, commonly known as DC fast charging.

Still wondering? Time to #goelectric Still wondering?
Time to #goelectric
LEARN MORE
WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COSTS INVOLVED IN CHARGING AN ELECTRIC CAR? WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COSTS INVOLVED IN CHARGING AN ELECTRIC CAR?
FIND OUT HERE

Explore the range of Kia Electrified Vehicles

  • Hybrid

    HYBRID

  • Plug-In Hybrid

    PLUG-IN HYBRID

  • Electric

    ELECTRIC

  • Mild Hybrid

    MILD HYBRID

  • The new Kia e-Niro.

    The new Kia e-Niro.

    There's nothing like a Niro.