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Wallbox guide: time and power needed to charge an electric car

Electric cars attract more and more drivers in Europe, however many are slowed down by the time it takes to recharge them and their performance. But then how long does it take to recharge your electric car and how much power does it have? Find out in this guide!

How long does it take to recharge an electric car?

The charging time of your electric car will depend on several factors. Indeed, the size of the battery as well as its state of charge, the power of the on-board charger, the maximum charging power of the charging point or the weather conditions are factors that can affect the charging speed of your electric car.
The charging time may also vary by several hours depending on the different types of plugs and charging methods.
The wallbox allows for a safe and faster charging than a domestic or reinforced socket. For example, with a standard 7.4kW wallbox, common in private homes, the recharging time for an electric car such as the new Zoe or Peugeot e-208, can be divided by two or three, i.e. 4 hours for a battery with a capacity of 22 kWh or 7 hours for 50 kWh.
As for public charging stations, they offer similar performances to the wallbox. The charging time will depend, as with a wallbox, on the maximum charging power accepted by your electric car.
The fast charging stations, often installed on freeway roads or at petrol stations, allow you to charge your electric vehicle in an accelerated way thanks to their high power (50 kW to 350 kW) since they can charge up to 80% of the battery in 20 minutes but this will depend on the characteristics of your electric car.

What power to recharge your electric car?

The amount of kWh to charge your electric vehicle will depend on whether it can be charged in AC or DC. Generally, the acceptable charging power for your electric car is automatically selected.
There are 2 types of charging stations: standard charging stations that charge in AC and high power charging stations that distribute DC current to electric cars.

We can find the standard wallboxes in 4 powers:
- The 3.7 kW and 7.4 kW powers which use the recharge on a single-phase electrical network (only one phase), the most common network in France
- The 11 kW and 22 kW powers which correspond to recharging on three-phase electrical networks (in three phases)

As far as fast charging wallboxes are concerned, they send direct current to your electric vehicle, i.e. a minimum power of 25 kW, even if the most common powers are 50 kW and 100 kW

Want to know more about the charging time & power of an electric car?

Carplug advises you on the charging time and power of an electric car, so don't hesitate to contact our team of experts for more information. In addition, you can find our guide that will tell you the complete cost of an electric wallbox or the different types of plugs for electric cars.
You can also find our products on our website: wallboxescharging points for electric cars, accessories and all our brands! EvboxHager or Wallbox electric charging stations, Green'up sockets by Legrand, Juice Booster and NRGKick mobile charging stations, Carplug has a wide range of solutions for recharging your electric car, discover all our products in our online store.

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