Guide

How long does it take to charge an EV?

03 Apr 2023

A guide to calculate charging times, and the factors that could impact speed

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular. Many people, however, have questions about charging times—particularly if you’re new to EV and used to refueling a petrol or diesel vehicle.

Charging times for EVs vary according to multiple factors: different EV models, for example, have different battery sizes which may have different charging speeds. Charging times can also differ depending on the specific EV and charging infrastructure you use, as well as factors such as battery health and temperature, and whether you're charging during cold weather.

How long does it take to charge an EV at a charging station?

In addition to being impacted by factors including battery size, temperature and the external environment, the speed at which your EV charges will vary according to the type of charging point you choose. The bp pulse network has charging points across the country. Speeds vary, for example:

  • bp pulse150 is capable of charging at speeds of up to 150kWh and is being rolled out on bp forecourts across the UK. A bp pulse 150kw charger is capable of charging up to 100 miles of range in around 15 minutes*

  • bp pulse50 is capable of charging up to 40 miles of range in around 15 minutes*—often found at motorway forecourts, perfect if you’re stopping for a break on the go

*depending on the vehicle, its charge management software, its battery, the weather and driving conditions

Use the bp pulse app’s live map function to find your nearest charging stations and to plan journeys—you can even save your favourites!

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