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Loading time overview

How long does the loading of an electric car actually take? Of course, of course, where you supply your vehicle - plug-in hybrid or pure electricity car - with new energy. What the duration is still compromised and all other information on this topic will give you on this page.

What does the charging time depend on?

Two things are very important to the charging time: your vehicle on one side and the type of energy source on the other. For your electric car, two aspects are decisive - namely, how much charging performance this can occur and over which capacity of the battery has. The battery capacity is always given in kilowatt hours (kWh) - comparable to the conventionally powered cars could be said, the kilowatt hour for the battery is like the liter for the gasoline or diesel tank.

Where is loading? The second critical criterion is the attached charging power at the charging point. At the local socket (Schuko plug) you have a charging power of 2.3 kW alternating current available. That means in an hour, your car invites you to 2.3 kWh. Depending on the capacity of your battery, you can therefore calculate how long a complete charge takes. In 10 hours you had charged on a socket 23 kWh. It looks different from so-called fast load columns, where DC flows. Usually there are 50 kW charging power, so many e-cars have reached 80 percent in less than an hour. In future, super fast charging stations with up to 350 kW arise. Then it takes not much longer than a short coffee break or a toilet.


E-auto-physics made easy - calculate the charging power 

tension * Electricity * electric wire = Charging power

At the household socket therefore applies:

230V * 10a * 1-phase = 2.3kw


Calculate the loading time itself


Further influences on the loading time

Some outer factors can affect the speed of charging. An influence takes on the temperature. Is it particularly cold, the charging time can also delay something like great heat. Ideal conditions for energy supply prevail in the range of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. 

As you probably know it from your smartphone, loading will be slower from 80 percent. Up to this limit is loaded with increasing voltage with constant current. Afterwards, the voltage remains on a level while the current is reduced. 


Overview of approximate charging times

How much time you want to schedule for loading your plug-in hybrid or your pure electricity car, one can not say one hundred percent exactly. Generally, the manufacturers make their own information for which you can direct yourself. During the store, the info display of your car or alternatively the associated app betrays the remaining waiting time.

At least a few rough guidelines for orientation and the differences between the different energy sources show you the following table. 

Charging station

Charge power in KW

You should know that

Charging time

Household socket


Each electric car can be loaded on the Schuko socket, but is the most time-consuming of all options.


The long load time can lead to overheating in older sockets


8 to 24 hours


3.6 to 22

Special wall charging stations that serve as a connector for the charging cable allow faster store at home

2 to 6 hours

Classic public charging station

 10 to 22

Charging cable, I.D.R. of type 2 necessary

Authentication via app or charging map of the provider

2 to 4 hours

Public fast charging station

I.D.R. 50 

Charges by DC with high performance possible, which allow a speedy further

30  up to 60 minutes

Tesla supercharger 


Charging stations reserved exclusively for Tesla-branded models

30 min

Super or Ultra fast vein


are mainly found on motorways, only a few vehicles can currently charge here with full power, e.B. Audi e-tron and the new Porsche Taycan

15 min