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How Long Does It Take to Charge My Electric Vehicle?

So you've taken the leap and invested in an electric vehicle (EV) – choice move! Now, you're likely wondering how long it’ll take to get your EV fully charged up and ready to hit the Kiwi roads. Let's dive into it.

It's Not One-Size-Fits-All

Firstly, it's essential to understand that there's no universal answer to this question. The time it takes to charge an EV can depend on several factors:

  • The capacity of the vehicle’s battery.

  • The state of the battery (is it almost flat or half-full?).

  • The charging power of the charger you're using.

Charging Speeds

There are mainly three types of chargers available in Aotearoa:

  • Standard Home Chargers (Level 1): These are your typical plug-ins, using a regular household socket. Charging using these can take anywhere from 8-24 hours for a full charge. Perfect for overnight!

  • Fast Chargers (Level 2): Often found in public places like shopping centres, these can get your EV charged in 4-8 hours.

  • Rapid Chargers (Level 3): These bad boys are the quickest, getting you up to 80% charge in just 20-40 minutes. However, it's good to note that frequently using rapid chargers can wear out your battery quicker.

Different Cars, Different Batteries

Just like how cars have different sized fuel tanks, EVs have different sized batteries. For example, a small city car with a 30kWh battery will charge much faster than a large SUV with a 100kWh battery, even if they’re using the same charger.

State of the Battery

If you're only topping up, say from 50% to 100%, it'll take half the time compared to charging from flat. Many EV drivers in New Zealand often top up rather than waiting for their battery to go flat – it's a bit like keeping the fridge stocked!

Getting the Best From Your EV in NZ

To maximise the life of your battery and ensure efficient charging:

  • Consider installing a Level 2 home charger if you have an EV as your main ride.

  • Use rapid chargers (Level 3) for those long roadies or emergencies, but not as your everyday go-to.

  • Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for your specific EV model.

Wrapping Up

Charging an EV in New Zealand is becoming easier with the increasing number of public charging points popping up all over the show. While the charging time varies based on several factors, one thing's for sure: with a bit of planning, you’ll always be ready for the next adventure on our beautiful Kiwi roads. Safe travels,

Looking for an EV Charger?

At Green EV, we don't just sell you the next generation of smart EV chargers, we offer a number of extra services that help you save money and get the most out of your EV. For example, many of our chargers come with:

  • Home installation by a registered electrician – 7m standard install across Auckland

  • Evaluation and upgrade of customer’s home electricity plan to EV Plan

  • FREE meter configuration to EV meter at home (valued up to $299, if needed)

  • EV Plan offers half price night rate for all electricity used after 9pm

  • Discounted charging rates at Chargenet Chargers – pay your home rates at these chargers

Want to learn more? Click the button below to learn more about our chargers, or book a free consultation with our EV consultants.


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