If you’re interested in hybrid or electric vehicles, you may be wondering – how long does it take to charge electric cars? This is a perfectly valid question, of course, as you need to know the practicalities of the vehicle you’re buying, including charging times and how long a vehicle can travel without needing an energy top-up.
At Swansway Group, we’re here to answer your questions, so here are some important details to help with your buying journey.
Full hybrid electric vehicles (FHEVs) and mild hybrid electric vehicles (MEVs) both charge their electric batteries via their internal combustion engines, whilst the fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) use hydrogen fuel.
Most electric vehicles can travel between 100 and 200+ miles before they need to be recharged. This can vary from model-to-model, however, so it’s important to eye up all the specifications before making a purchase.
Ancillary power use such as that required by the air-conditioning will affect the range a little but radio, lights and windscreen wipers have no noticeable effect on the range. To minimise the effect, where it is possible, pre-heating or pre-cooling the vehicle whilst connected to a charger will help retain battery range.