Electric cars are here, but they haven’t entirely caught on. New research found that only one-third of Australians surveyed want one while the other two-thirds don’t expect to own one. Electric vehicles claim a mere .2% of the new car market.
While there are environmental benefits, most car buyers are more interested in the financial savings. Lowering fuel costs was the top reason given for wanting an electric car. An average petrol car that is driven around 10,000km annually would cost $1,350 to fuel. An electric model can be charged for the same distance for approximately $350.
That sounds great. However, there are some drawbacks. Electric vehicles tend to cost more to buy. There’s also a concern for the lack of charging infrastructure. There aren’t as many places to recharge compared to how many petrol stations are available across Australia.
Charging takes time. Fueling with petrol seems easy. You fill the tank, and you are on your way. An electric vehicle must sit and charge for a certain length of time. That amount of time varies based on several factors.
How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?
The amount of time needed to charge a vehicle will depend on the charging infrastructure and model being driven.
There aren’t many completely electric models available in Australia right now. Several well-known companies make them, including Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, Jaguar, and Renault, with more on the way.
Different models require different charging times. For example, Nissan’s Leaf can be charged to full capacity in up to 24 hours when using the standard power source available in a home. If you buy a 7kW charger, the time goes down to just 7.5 hours.
Tesla’s Model 3 can travel around 48km per hour of charge. Using a Supercharger or Tesla Wall Box will reduce the time needed.
Jaguar’s i-Pace SUV is advertised as offering up to 11km per hour of charge using the same at-home power. That means you will have to leave it plugged in for 43 hours to get a full charge. Installing Jaguar’s charging device will increase that to 35km.
Hyundai’s Kona Electric is marketed as going from empty to 80% charged in a little over 9.5 hours when using a home wall unit. That time lowers to 75 minutes when using a fast-charging station. A full charge would take up to 28 hours.
Are Electric Cars Worth the Wait?
A full charge for any electric vehicle takes a while. It’s a lot longer than most people would want to wait when they have somewhere to be. However, some car owners explain that waiting isn’t as bad as it sounds. You don’t have to fully charge every time. Some may charge for just 30 minutes to an hour to get hours of driving.
Much depends on how much you drive and how accessible charging stations are to you. Electric cars can greatly reduce fuel costs and help the environment. In time, the technology will likely improve to increase the driving range per charge. For now, electric vehicles provide an eco-friendly alternative that can cut your annual fuel costs.