You've probably filled up a petrol or diesel car, but how do you charge up an electric car?

It's easier than you think, but depending on the charger you use, it can take quite a different amount of time to fully charge.

Standard wall socket (8-10 amp)

With a standard charging cable, you can plug a car right into a wall socket. You probably already have one of these in a garage.

Only use charging cables that came with your vehicle, and don't use extension cords or plug adapters (like multiboards).

These are used for overnight charging, and take approximately 10-18 hours per 100km of charge.

Outdoor socket (15 amp)

These kinds of sockets are typically found outside, but you can also have one installed inside your garage or other suitable place.

These sockets are typically used for slow charging, and take approximately 5-6 hours per 100km of charge.

Camper van plug (16 amp)

These are the kind of socket you'll typically find for caravans or mobile homes in campgrounds. They are sometimes called "blue commando" or industrial sockets.

These sockets are typically used for slow charging, and take approximately 5-6 hours per 100km of charge.

Dedicated chargers

You can have dedicated wall mounted charging stations installed in your garage or on the side of your home. They're also found in public areas or service stations.

They typically have a cable attached or use a general socket and are used specifically for electric cars.

  • A single phase charger, depending on the car and charging station takes approximately 3-6 hours per 100km of charge.
  • three phase charger, depending on the car and charging station takes under 1 hour per 100km of charge.
  • DC charger, depending on the car and charging station takes 10-25 minutes per 100km of charge.

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