How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

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While most Minnetonka-area drivers are aware of the benefits of electric vehicles, such as less routine maintenance and local EV incentives, many are still unsure about electric car charging times. How long does it take to charge an electric car? There are several different options when it comes to charging an electric vehicle, and how long your vehicle will take to charge will depend on which method you choose as well as on what type, make, and model of EV you drive. In this guide from Motorwerks MINI we’ll take a look at the three main types of EV charging — domestic charging, rapid domestic charging, and public charging — and how each will determine your electric car charging times.



Electric Car Charging Times and Charging Options

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): Level 1 Charging using a normal grounded three-prong 110V/120V charging outlet usually takes around 24 hours or more for a full charge. In other words, expect it to take days, not hours, to charge with this method.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: A brand-specific EV Level 2 Charger can be professionally installed at your home. Rapid 240V+ EV Level 2 Chargers deliver significantly faster charging rates than using a regular grounded household outlet. How long does it take to charge an electric car with an EV Level 2 charger? You can typically fully recharge in 8 to 12 hours, with up to an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
  3. Public Charging: You can charge on the go in the St Louis Park area at parking garages, malls, hotels, and even apartment buildings. Public charging stations vary in type and speed but usually feature Level 2 EV Chargers or Level 3 EV Chargers. A Level 3 Charger can often give you a full charge in 15 to 25 minutes. Fast DC Chargers are also available at some public charging stations and can provide a charge of up to 80% in 36 minutes.

Explore the Electric MINI Cooper Lineup at Motorwerks MINI

Ready to upgrade your Minneapolis commute with an all-electric MINI? Browse our new Electric MINI Cooper inventory online, then visit us in Golden Valley for a test drive. We’re certain that you will be impressed by all that a MINI Cooper EV has to offer. Just make sure to check out our current new vehicle specials to take advantage of our current offers. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a test drive, contact us online or give us a call at (952) 213-5589.


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