Durée et vitesse de recharge
Charging your vehicle

Charging time and charging speed

Driving electric is practical. Discover how must it costs in electricity to travel 20,000 km with an electric car and compare with the cost of gas for the same distance. See also which factors influence charging time and charging speed.

Charging time

Factors that influence charging speed

  • Charging station power level;
  • State of charge of the battery;
  • Battery temperature;
  • Power of the on-board charger (On-board charger: A vehicle component that receives alternate current (AC) from the charging station and converts it to direct current (DC) to charge the battery. All-electric vehicles are generally equipped with a more powerful on-board charger (6.6 kW and more) while plug-in hybrids often have a less powerful charger (3.3 to 6.6 kW).).

Taking into account the battery size and the power of the vehicle’s on-board charger, here are examples of charging times according to each type of charging station.

Charging time table

Charging costs

Driving electric is simply less expensive. Compare costs of travelling 20,000 kilometres depending on a vehicle's fuel consumption and energy prices (gas or electricity).

Note: The average gas price in Québec in 2018 was $1.28/L (source : Régie de l’énergie du Québec).

Recharge cost table