Should I charge my electric car every night? Should I charge my electric car every night?

Should I charge my electric car every night?

Nicole Nicole

It depends on how much you drive your car on a daily basis. 

Driving range on most electric cars ranges from 250 - 600 kms depending on make and model. With most city-based Australians driving around 40 kms a day, it might make sense to charge every few days, however once it’s charged you won’t need to continue doing so. 

Charging times vary greatly, depending on the type of charger you use as well as the size of your car’s battery, the level of charge remaining, the temperature and the maximum rate of charge the battery can accept.

Generally speaking, however, the following rough timings apply when charging.

Wall socket (2.4kW) = 24+ hours

Home wall box (3-11kW) = 7-12 hours

Public AC charging (7-22kW) = 4-7 hours

Public DC fast/rapid charging (25-150kW) = 1-2 hours

Public DC ultra rapid/high-powered charging (150-350kW) = 20 - 60 minutes