2022 EQB exterior view

Can I charge an electric vehicle when it is raining outside?

Is It Safe to Charge an EV When It’s Raining?

The automotive landscape is changing rapidly. With more and more companies selling electric vehicle alongside their usual internal combustion engines, and some companies even switching over completely to electric vehicles, there’s a lot of new information that car owners will need to know. That’s what we here at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, AZ, would like to help with.

We’ll start with an interesting question: can you charge an electric vehicle if it’s raining outside? Let’s take a look.

2022 EQB cockpit showcase

Is It Safe to Charge an EV in the Rain?

Automakers like Mercedes-Benz go to painstaking lengths to make sure that you can safely charge your electric vehicle while it’s raining outside. Many countries, including the US, have strict safety regulations in place regarding EV charging in bad weather, such as rain, snow, sandstorms, and so on. Charging cables are designed in such a way that makes the connection watertight and insulated. You can safely plug-in your car at a public charging station without fear of bad weather or being electrocuted.

Which Charger is the Fastest?

For many people, the sticking point for EVs is how long it will take to charge. Here’s a general guide to the types of chargers and average time ranges for how long each type usually takes to charge.

  • Level 3 (DC Fast Charging) – 0-80% charge in 20-40 minutes
  • Level 2 (240V Household Outlet) – 0-100% charge in 6-9 hours
  • Level 1 (120V Household Outlet) – 0-100% charge in 20-40 hours

Keep in mind that the time this process take depends on the size of the battery pack as well.

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