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 estimates are estimates 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.
|Overview||Most common charging stations||Fast charging stations|
|Kilowatts / Power Range
||6.5kW - 19.2kW||50kW and greater|
||AC Connector: Type 1 – J1772
||DC Connector: CCS Combo 1
|Vehicle Charging Port
Some Benchmark Estimates*
*Charging times are an estimate and may vary due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, vehicle model, driving conditions, driving habits, and weather. These estimates are based on a 2022 Kia Niro.
||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|