Charging Speeds, The Basics: How Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Car?

woman enjoying coffee and mobile phone

Use The Time Charging Your EV To Call Your Mother. She Would Love To Hear From You!

Where Are Electric Cars Charged Mostly?

The constant headlines on public charging infrastructure for EVs would lead you to believe that plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) are charged mostly at public charging points. However, the reality could not be further from this, in fact, the majority of electric vehicles are charged at home, using a dedicated EV home charging point, like EVBox Elvi.

evbox home charger
EVBox Elvi EV Home Charge Point. Available Via e-zoomed

Most pure or hybrid electric cars are charged overnight, hence the reason why the National Grid has taken such a keen interest in the growth of the electric vehicle sector in the UK.  So far, the national grid had to only contend with kettles and TVs coming on across the UK in the evenings, but now it has to add EVs to the list! 

zap map UK
Public Charging Points UK For Electric Cars (credit: Zap Map)

Despite the continued growth of public charging EV points in the UK, home charging will continue to be the dominant destination for charging your electric car, whether it is the all-electric Tesla Model X or the Jaguar I-PACE battery-electric vehicle (BEV).  

tesla model x
The All-Electric Tesla Model X Available To Lease Via e-zoomed!

Top Reasons Why Home Charging Is The Preferred Choice For Electric Car Charging!


It could not get easier to charge an EV.  Plug it in and go to sleep. Wake up next morning to a fully charged zero emission electric car that can be used for work and leisure commutes, without any range anxiety. As an example a fully charged Nissan Leaf EV has an electric driving range of 239 WLTP miles. More than enough for most daily requirements.

nissan leaf
The All-Electric Nissan Leaf Available To Lease Via e-zoomed!

Honestly, as easy as charging your smart phone. Ask any EV driver if they miss the numerous trips to filling stations in the rain an cold?  NO will be the resounding response!

Cost Effective

Home charging is more cost effective than public charging.  According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the average cost of electricity for households is 14.33 pence per kWh.  Public charging can be as high as 40 pence per kWh

In fact, the importance of home charging has also been recognised by the government.  As recently, as this week, it announced a consultation process to legislate as mandatory the installation of EV charging in new residential schemes. 


The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the potential risk of contagion while filling a petrol or diesel car at a petrol station. In the case of an electric car charging at home, this risk is eliminated. Another fantastic reason to switch to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving.

We also encourage green car owners to use green energy or renewable energy to charge at home. By using solar or wind energy, electric driving truly becomes zero-emission! We at e-zoomed have partnered with leading green energy companies in the UK to include, Good Energy and Ecotricity. You can switch to green energy via e-zoomed!

electric car charging
An Electric Vehicle Charging At Home

How Long Does It Take To Charge An EV ?

Short answer, it depends!  Three key factors that dictate EV charging speeds are:

  • Size of the electric car battery.
  • Speed of the charging point. 
  • Electric Vehicle model. 

Home Charging For Dedicated Off-Street Parking 

  • Home charging points are usually 3.7 kW or 7 kW.  Higher power (22kW) is available but requires three phase power and is more expensive.  
  • As a general rule, a 3.7 kW unit will achieve up to 15 miles range per hour of charging.  A 7 kW charger will achieve up to 25 miles range per hour.  A 22 kW home charger would achieve up to 80 miles per hour. 
  • An EV with a battery capacity of 60 kWh will take approximately 8 hours to charge from empty to full using a 7 kW charger.  However, in reality you will not be charging an empty battery often, hence charging time is less than 8 hours.
  • In the event you are using a 3.7 kW EV home charger, charging time will increase up to 13 hours.
pod point home charger
PodPoint EV Home Charger Available Via e-zoomed
  • We do not recommend using a regular 3-PIN outlet, for reasons of safety and convenience.  As an example if you charge a Nissan Leaf using a domestic socket, it could take up to 21 hours to charge. While a 7 kW charger could achieve that in nearly a third of the time (7 hours 30 minutes).
  • EVBox, one of the leading EV charging point manufacturers globally, offers the Elvi home charging solution (available power: 3.7 kW, 7.4 kW, 11 kW and 22 kW). Also available via e-zoomed to include product supply and installation.
  • The type of BEV or PHEV model will influence the charging time.  All EVs have a ‘maximum charge rate’ and can be only charged to its permissible maximum.  For example, if the maximum charge rate is 7 kW, then charging at 22 kW will not speed up the charging process.

How Long Does It Take To Charge An EV At A Public Charging Point?

Again, the answer is, it depends.  Rapid chargers are the fastest and can provide up to 200 miles of range in 30 to 40 minutes.  Enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee! 

coffee and cake
Time For A Well Deserved Coffee While Charging Your EV On The Go

Rapid Chargers in the UK have witnessed a significant increase over the past 18 months. According to Zap-Map in July 2019 there were 5,348 connectors, 2,313 devices at 1,548 locations in the UK. Below is the status of rapid chargers in October 2020.

rapid chargers UK zap map
Rapid Public Chargers UK (credit: Zap Map)

The EV public charging infrastructure is still evolving, with a mix of slow, fast and rapid charging options.  However, network operators are moving towards the installation and operation of rapid charging infrastructure, which can charge up to 80% within 30 minutes.  

Rapid chargers come in various power options from 50 kW to 150 kW.  In general, with a rapid charger, 100 miles of range can be achieved in 30 minutes, while a 150 kW rapid charger can achieve up to 200 miles in the same time.

Tips For Electric Car Charging

  • Charge on a regular basis overnight (cheaper electricity costs).
  • When making longer distance trips, plan ahead.  Using Charge Map to identify charging stations and the type of chargers.
  • When you do need to charge at a public charging station, use the time to catch up with loved ones.  Nothing like a refreshing cup of tea and a familiar loving voice on the other end of the phone.  Your mother would love to hear from you! 

We at e-zoomed are more than happy to assist you with all your EV needs to include:

And more!  Do sign up to our e-newsletter to learn more about electric cars. Also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 


Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

Buy Electric Driving Products

Sign up for e-zoomed news and offers

This site uses technical cookies to guarantee an optimal and fast navigation, and analysis cookies to elaborate statistics.
You can visit the Cookie Policy to get more insights or to block the use of all or some cookies, by selecting the Cookie Settings.
By choosing Accept, you give your permission to use the abovementioned cookies.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services