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Car Charge Times - How Long to Fill Your Battery?

With an electric car plug standard about to be finalized, and charging stations beginning to pop up in the U.S. and Europe, an important question to ask is: How long will it take to fill up a car battery? And like most technical matters, the answer is, "It depends." Automobile batteries, whether they are nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion, can be made up of many cells, with larger cell quantities capable of a larger storage capacity. The trade off, however, is that cars with more capacity are more expensive, heavier, produce more heat and take longer to charge. Battery life is also influenced by how "deeply" the battery charges and discharges. For example, the Toyota Prius only allows its battery to be charged to 80% of full capacity, as going beyond this point can lead to overheating (thermal runaway) and excessive gassing, resulting in a decline in battery life. All this means that the type of car you own will play a factor. The other major factor in charge times