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Intro to Electric Vehicles

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

Intro to Electric Vehicles

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

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EV charging is designed to fit with the way you live your life

One of the questions we hear often is about how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. While it might not currently be as quick as a gas-station fill-up, it can be as easy as charging overnight at home or while you grab a quick bite on the road. In general, charging times depend on how much power is available through the charging unit, and how fast the vehicle can accept it. Here are the three main levels of EV charging power, in order from slowest to fastest.

Level 1: charging at a 120V household outlet
With Level 1, you’re charging at a standard 120V outlet, the type you typically find in your house and garage. (The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV comes standard with a Level 1 charging cable.) While it’s super-convenient to plug your car into the same kind of outlet you’d use to charge your phone, the drawback is in slow charging times. Most EVs can get roughly 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging when plugged into a 120V household outlet.

Level 2: charging at a 240V home-installed unit
This type of charger is common for at-home EV charging, as it delivers a much faster charging rate than Level 1. It means getting a professionally installed 240V charging unit such as the HomeStation™ Level 2 Home ChargerOpens an external link with app control from Electrify Home. When configured at 40 amps, the HomeStation™ wall box unit can charge 6.8 times faster than a Level 1 charger. For the 2022 ID.4 EV, expect it to take about 7.5 to 11.5 hours to recharge completely with a Level 2 charger , with a charging rate of around 25 to 37 miles of range per hour.

Level 3: charging at a public DC fast charger
If at-home charging isn’t an option for you, or you’re heading out on an epic road trip or long-distance commute, you can charge at Level 3 charging stations, also known as DC fast chargers, while on the go. Using Level 3 public DC fast charging, you can add 70 miles of range to a 2022 ID.4 Pro EV in about 10 minutes. As a 2022 ID.4 owner, you'll get three years of 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America’sOpens an external link nationwide network of DC fast-charging stations — starting from your date of vehicle purchase at no additional cost.

Do I need to charge an EV every night?
Probably not, unless you drive hundreds of miles per day. The ID.4 Pro offers an EPA-estimated range of 275 miles. Learn more about EV driving range.

The future of electric is here.

The Volkswagen ID.4 EV is truly something to behold. With a striking, aerodynamic road presence and a spacious, comfortable interior, it'll transform how you think about electric cars. Best of all? You can reserve it right now.