Whether you already own an electric vehicle or you’re thinking of getting one, the EV charging process can seem like something that is hard to get your head around. However, despite a few factors that can affect your EV charging speed it is simple to work out how long it will take to charge your vehicle battery. Here’s a look at 5 factors that can affect your EV charging speed:
The size of the battery in your vehicle will undoubtedly make a difference. Larger capacity batteries are great for allowing your car to do longer journeys. However, it does mean that charging it to 100% will take longer than a battery with a smaller capacity.
How Flat The Battery Already Is
Much like charging your mobile phone, reaching 100% will take longer if the battery is very flat. For example, if your battery is at 50% then plugging this in to charge it to full will take much less time than if the battery is already at less than 10% power.
Maximum EV Charging Rate
It is worth bearing in mind that different vehicles charge at a different rate too. So if your car only has the capacity to charge at 7kWh, then it doesn’t matter what charger you use, it will only ever charge at this maximum speed. Knowing how many kW your battery holds will give you an idea of how long it is going to take to charge. So, even if your charging point is capable of a rapid charge rate, if your vehicle will only charge at 7kWH then this is the fastest it will charge at.
Charge Rate Of The EV Charging Point
You should also pay attention to the charging point you’re using, especially if you’re using a point that isn’t the one you have installed at home. Some charging points will only charge at a rate of around 7kWh – this means that even if you have an electric vehicle that is able to handle charging at 22kWh, it won’t charge any quicker than 7kWh. If you are likely to use a charging point that has a lower charging rate, then you’ll need to allow longer for your battery to be charged.
Much like cars that run on more traditional fuels, you may find that your car runs less effectively in cold weather. This can also affect how quickly the battery will charge. If you are charging in weather that is very cold, then it is recommended that you allow a little more time for your battery to reach capacity.
Charging your electric vehicle doesn’t have to be hard work; especially with a charging point installed at home and access to the public charging points that are now popping up in more places.
However, rather than just assuming you have enough time to charge your battery before a journey you should make sure that you consider all of these factors and give yourself plenty of time. After all, you don’t want to have to stop your journey short to top-up again before you have reached your destination.