How Many Watts of Electricity does a Electric Car Charger use?

Real power-use measurements from a electric car charger.

How Much Power does a Electric Car Charger use

Electric Car Charger: 1301 Watts


  • The battery charger for an electric car isn't powering the motor directly. It puts energy into the battery for use later.
  • Takes 1301 watts, about the same amount as some hair dryers. This Ford Focus charged 20 hours so that it could achieve it's range of 70 miles on a full battery.

Power Use

  • Watts: 1301
  • Kilowatts: 1.301 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 26 hundredths of one cent (0.26 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 15.6¢
  • cost per day: $1.25
  • cost per month: $23.74

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Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.