How fast do EVs charge?

How fast an EV charges depends on the type of charger it’s plugged into. There are two types of chargers: Level 2 and Level 3. The higher the kilowatts on the charger, the faster the car will charge.

  • Level 2 chargers (6.5 kW – 19.2kW) – A 7.2 kW charger can add up to around 18 miles of range per hour*.
  • Level 3 chargers (50 kW and above) – These chargers can add about up to around 135 miles of range per hour*. While Level 3 charging stations are much faster, they are harder to find. You can usually locate them near highways.

*Charging times are an estimate and may vary based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, vehicle model, driving conditions, driving habits and weather.

Use the Plugshare app or Google Maps to find charging stations along your route.

See the chart below to learn more about each type of charger and how quickly they will charge an EV.

  Level 2
(Ac Charging)
Level 3
(DC Charging)
Overview Most common charging stations Fast charging stations
Kilowatts / Power Range
6.5kW - 19.2kW 50kW and greater
Plug Type
AC Connector: Type 1 – J1772
DC Connector: CCS Combo 1
Vehicle Charging Port

Some Benchmark Estimates*

*Charging times and expected driving ranges are estimates and may vary based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, vehicle model, driving conditions and habits, weather, and charging station.

Power Rating
7.2 kW 50 kW
30 min of Charge 9 miles 68 miles
45 min of Charge
14 miles 101 miles
60 min of Charge
18 miles 135 miles
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