Beside driving range anxiety, the second biggest concern we hear about electric car is charging times and available infrastructure.
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The most basic way to charge your electric vehicle is simply via your home’s power outlet, most of them wired for 110 volt, but a home charging station can convert the voltage to 240 volt. In EV lingo, this is called Level 2 charging.
A 500 volt DC high-current charging is known as DC Fast Charge. Businesses and local government provide level 2 and DC Fast Charge public charging stations.
But what if only rely on your home charging solution? What are the fastest charging electric cars? All charging times assume a fully-depleted battery.
1. Tesla Model S (60kWh) – 3.5 hours
Tesla says that a 20kW “dual charger” can provide 58 miles of range per hour when connected to a Level 2 source. Model S uses a 60kWh and has an EPA-rated range of 208 miles, that works out to about 3.5 hours.
Tesla does not recommend charging from a standard 110-volt outlet.
2. BMW i3 – 3.5 hours
It takes 3.5 hours to recharge its 22kWh lithium-ion battery pack from a Level 2 source, using its onboard 7.4kW charger. Without a home-charging station, a full recharge takes around 20 hours.
The 2014 BMW i3 has an EPA-rated range of 81 miles.
3. Ford Focus Electric – 4 hours
Ford Focus Electric takes about four hours to recharge using a home charging station. Its 23kWh lithium-ion battery pack is fed through a 6.6kWh onboard charger.
4. Fiat 500e – 4 hours
Fiat 500e can fully recharge from a Level 2 source in four hours, or around 24 hours from a standard household outlet.
The 500e features a 6.6kW onboard charger and 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
5. Nissan LEAF – 5 hours
Nissan LEAF has a 24kWh battery pack and 6.6kW onboard charger and takes five hours to charge it.