Charging a Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Chevy Bolt charging
Charging 2022 Chevy Bolt

When it comes to electric cars, the Chevrolet Bolt is one of the best EVs on the market today. The price is on the affordable end of the electric vehicle cost spectrum, and the Bolt has a respectable battery range compared to the competition. Charging in this compact EV is fairly quick and easy. And there may be discounts and incentives available to enhance your charging experience.

Chevy Bolt Charging Times

The Chevy Bolt can handle all three levels of EV charge, from the slowest level 1 to the fast DC charge of level 3. Only one battery is available. That means there’s no long-range model, unlike some other popular EVs. The estimated range for the Bolt is 259 miles on a full charge. Chevy also offers the Bolt EUV, a slightly larger variant with a range of 247 miles. Below are the Chevrolet Bolt charging times for each type of charger.

  • Level 1 – Adds approximately 4 miles of range per hour
  • Level 2 – Adds approximately 39 miles of range per hour, or takes 7 hours to fully charge the battery
  • Level 3 – Adds approximately 100 miles of range in 30 minutes

How to charge a Chevy Bolt

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Charging your Chevy Bolt is a simple process. The same charging rules apply whether it is a Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 charger. The equipment may look different, but the use of each charger is the same.

Charging at home

The most convenient place to charge your Bolt is at home. This can be done in two ways: with a basic Level 1 charging cable or an installed Level 2 charger.

The Level 1 charger is easy to use, especially if it’s your first time charging an EV. Bolts come standard with the Level 1 charging cord and setting up this charger may seem familiar to you. All you need is access to a 3-prong, 110-volt household outlet for this option. Plug the charging cable into a wall outlet, then plug the J1772 connector on the other end into the Bolt’s charging port. While it’s easy to set up and use your Level 1 charger, it’s also the slowest type of charging. Chevrolet recommends this option to “top up” your vehicle overnight.

The second option for home use is to use a Level 2 charger. These chargers must be installed by a qualified electrician on a special 240-volt circuit. At the time of writing, Chevrolet is offering free installation of a Level 2 wall charger to eligible customers purchasing or leasing a new Bolt.

After installation, using a Level 2 wall charger is similar to connecting with a Level 1 charging cord. It is the best option for charging after a daily ride or for charging before a longer trip.

Chevrolet also has a two-level charging cord, which is technically a level 2 charger that does not require wall installation. The charging cord is compatible with both 120- and 240-volt outlets, making it portable. This option adds approximately 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Chevy recommends this for your daily charging needs.

Public charging

The fastest way to charge your Bolt is to plug it into a Level 3 charger for a dose of direct current (DC) to the battery. These charging stations, called DC fast chargers, are mainly located in urban areas and in locations near highway exits. This is the fastest charging option, but also the most expensive way to charge an EV battery. Using DC fast charging is the best way to quickly recharge a car battery when you are not at home. The type of plug the Bolt uses for Level 3 charging is a CCS Combo connector.

There are more than 6,000 DC fast charging stations – often with multiple chargers – in the United States. In comparison, there are nearly 45,000 public level 2 chargers. Many are located in the parking lots of shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels and workplaces for use by employees.

Connect your Bolt to a public station and initialize charging. The charge for charging the EV will be applied to your charging network account when the session is complete.

Where to charge?

Most EV owners regularly charge their cars at home. Still, finding a public charger is not difficult in most regions. The on-board navigation system on the Bolt can locate nearby stations. If you’re planning a road trip, the Chevrolet app can help map charging stations along your route.

One of the benefits of buying a Bolt is discounts on charging stations. Chevrolet and EVgo charging network are working together to save drivers. Bolt owners can receive a $500 credit at EVgo stations for fast charging when on the go.

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