How many hours does it take to charge the electric car?

We continue to find answers to questions about electric vehicles with the charging times of these cars.

To be remembered, we drew attention to the cost of electricity consumed during the charging process of electric cars in the first part of our article series.

Today, we will examine the charging times of the increasing number of electric cars on the road, depending on where they are charged.


We mentioned that another important drawback for users in the use of electric vehicles is the charging times, which can reach hours.

Two types of charging are available for electric cars. These are defined as normal alternating current (AC) and fast direct current (DC).

Due to the lower energy density in normal AC charging, charging may take longer.

A conventional type of home power plug, wall charger, or some public charging stations use AC current.

Fast DC charging can be completed in less than an hour. However, this option is only available at public charging stations. Among the charging stations, there are also those that serve with AC current.

It is also useful to explain all these charging scenarios through the sample model we discussed in the charging cost calculation in the first part of our article series.

For example, it is possible to charge an electric car with a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh from 10 percent to 100 percent charge in approximately 6 hours with a wall-mounted charger that provides 7.4 kW of power.

It takes about 19 hours to charge the same vehicle at a household electrical outlet.

On the other hand, it takes 47 minutes to charge this car from 10 percent to 80 percent charge level at a public fast charging station providing 100 kW of power (DC), while it takes 10 percent of the same vehicle to charge at an AC out-of-home charging station with 11 kW of power. It takes about 4 hours and 20 minutes to reach 100 percent charge level.


While what we have explained so far expresses the technical dimension of the work, we should not forget the other side of the coin.

Due to the fact that electric cars have not become widespread in Turkey yet, the problems that may arise during the charging of these vehicles have not come to light yet.

Chief among these is undoubtedly the number of charging stations. As seen in the examples we have explained above, even fast charging stations charge a standard electric car in about 1 hour.

However, depending on the increase in the number of vehicles, there is a possibility that this period may be extended. In the case of waiting in line at the station, it is not difficult for charging times to find hours and cause a significant loss of time.

Users who do not want to encounter such a situation may want to consider the option of charging at home. In this case, users will face different problems if they do not live in a detached house.


For example, if the residential address is an apartment and it is not possible to install a wall-mounted charger in the parking lot of the apartment, there is no other choice but to charge the electric vehicle by hanging meters of cable from the apartment.

If you live in an apartment with no parking, there is no way to charge the electric vehicle from home.

In addition, there are risks in charging through a standard socket at home.

Experts state that charging the car through the socket without device installation may pose various risks.

It is emphasized that such a process can damage the vehicle and the electrical network. In addition, in the charging process to be carried out over the standard cable, there is a possibility that the cable will not be able to withstand the electric current intensity and will overheat and cause a fire. At this point, it would be useful to look at the warnings of brands about charging before purchasing an electric vehicle.


One of the points that electric vehicle owners or those who want to buy these cars wonder is how to install a charging station in apartments and sites.

So much so that the electric vehicle charging station has become a sought-after feature on advertisement sites. If there is an electric charging station in their apartments or sites, the homeowners can increase the prices of the houses they put up for sale compared to their peers.

The Condominium Ownership Law (KMK) is taken as a basis for the installation of these units, which shorten the charging time compared to the standard socket and eliminate the risks with their special equipment.

According to this law, administrators are not likely to take the decision to install a charging station alone. For this, the decision of the Board of Flat Owners is required.

If all residents will not use the device to be installed in the site or apartment parking lot, the installation cost is only collected from the flat owner/site residents who own electric vehicles. However, if the electric owners did not participate in these expenses at the beginning, they can earn the right to use the charging station by paying the amount per share of the land.

The payment of the consumed electricity is also made by those who benefit from the charging station. For this, the electricity consumed at the charging station can be separated from the common areas with a special meter for the station to be installed.

In the second part of our article series, we talked about the charging times of electric vehicles and the risks that may arise during this process. In addition, we tried to answer questions about how the station can be installed for electric vehicle owners who live in estates and apartments but do not have a charging station where they live.

In the last part of our electric car file, we will talk about how far these cars can travel in Turkey conditions and in how many hours they can complete the distances between cities…