How long does it take to charge an electric car?

By 2040 the UK is pushing for an entirely zero-emissions road network leaving us with no choice but to own an electric car.

This may seem quite a while away, but it is important to start making the switch now. In addition to cutting emissions, electric cars provide many benefits to drivers, however, most people are reluctant to own an electric car due to the misconception that they take too long to charge.

So, how long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? There is not one simple answer, the charging time can vary depending on the size of the battery, and the charging station, it could take as little as 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

Public fast-charging points are often the quickest way to top up your electric car’s battery if you find yourself running low. These are most commonly found in service stations and public car parks.

Workplace charging schemes (WCS) are a great initiative to encourage your employees to use electrical vehicles.

The WCS provides a grant for businesses to reduce the cost of having an EV(Electric Vehicle) charge point installed at their premises. The grant allows businesses, charities and local authorities to claim 75% of the total cost of installation, up to a maximum of £500 per socket installed.

Businesses should be mindful that customer and visitor electric cars will have different charging connectivity needs, so it is important to install a charging point most likely to be compatible with the widest range of vehicles possible. The most common workplace installation is a wall-mounted Type 27kW charger, which is compatible with most of the best-selling electric vehicles and will charge a vehicle fully in around 3-4 hours. Some businesses may wish to install a faster 22kW unit or even a Rapid charger if cost and space allow.

To find out more information on EV charging points you can read one of our latest news posts here and to discuss how Remark can install the right charge point for you, get in contact today.