How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? The question is more complicated than it seems, and that's a challenge for the auto industry. Vehicles have different battery sizes, and charge at different speeds. The same vehicle at different chargers will experience wildly varying charge times. And no matter what charger a driver uses, an electric vehicle requires a change in habits. That may be an obstacle for automakers who need to persuade sometimes skeptical car buyers to try their first electric vehicle. Most owners charge at home or at work. The process takes hours, which might sound like an unbearable hassle to owners of gas-powered cars. But for current owners it feels much more convenient than a gas station trip because they're doing other things in many cases, sleeping while the battery recharges. The slowest way to charge is on a standard 120-volt outlet, which adds just a few miles of range per hour. "I don't have a driveway or a garage so I have to run an

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