How Long Does it Take to Charge a Chevy Bolt?

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Electric Vehicles (EVs) make sense for every driver who wants to be environmentally conscious while driving around Clarkston. With an EV, your vehicle runs on electricity rather than on fuel. That prevents emissions and saves money by letting you avoid filling up the car with gas.

The new Chevy Bolt is regarded as one of the top electric vehicles on the market today, making it a great choice for those looking for an EV. But, you may be wondering, “I won’t have to fill up, but how long does it take to charge a Chevy Bolt?” The answer is that it depends on how you’re charging your Chevy Bolt. Keep reading this guide from the service experts at John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc. to learn more about charging a Chevy Bolt:

Charging Your Chevy Bolt: Three Electric Car Charger Options

On a single full charge, The Chevy Bolt gets an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range. Charging up to full charge can take different amounts of time depending on how you charge your Bolt. Here are the three options for charging your Bolt:

Level 1 Basic: 120-Volt Portable Charger Cord

If you don’t usually drive more than 48 miles in a day, this option will work for you. This first electric car charger option allows you to charge at home and gives you 4 miles of charge per hour.

Level 1 charging uses a 120-volt portable charger cord that comes standard with your car, and you can charge anywhere that has a 120-volt, three-prong outlet. With this cord, you can charge at home, or on the go in emergencies, but it’s recommended to charge your electric vehicle overnight with this option. A 12-hour charge gives you about 48 miles of range, which is plenty if you only use your car for errands. It’s recommended that you charge your vehicle every day, so the battery never runs out as you drive around Waterford.

Level 2 Fast: 240-Volt Charging Unit

This next option is better for those who commute longer distances. The 240-volt level 2 electric car charger is for home or public stations and gives you about 25 miles per hour of charge.

With the level 2 charging system, you need to have the plug professionally installed by an electrician, but this is the recommended option for home use as it’s the most convenient option and charges quickly. If you drive approximately 40-50 miles per day, you could fully recharge the battery in about 2 hours. If you drive about 100 miles round trip on your commute, or you regularly go on trips out of the Grand Blanc area, you could recharge the battery in approximately 4.5 hours. If the battery is empty, this EV charges fully again in 9.5 hours. It’s still recommended to recharge overnight. With the level 2 charger, you can recharge your Bolt every couple of days.

Level 3 Super Fast: DC Fast Charging

If you’re going on a road trip, this will be the option you use. This charging option is only for public stations. With it, you can charge up to 100 miles of range in only 30 minutes.

Level 3 charging is only available at public locations with a DC Fast Charger station, as if it were an electric gas station. Using a DC Fast Charger comes with a charge, but they are useful if you’re out and need to fully charge your battery. If you were to be making a road trip, stopping at a DC Fast Charging station would be a part of the package. Keep in mind, the cost will still be less than gas. This electric car charger replenishes up to 160 miles in about an hour.

Find a Public Charging Station Near You!

When you’re running errands in Grand Blanc, finding a nearby electric car charger for your Chevy Bolt is extremely simple! Download the myChevrolet mobile app, and navigate to the Energy Assist feature. The app will then pick charging stations for you while taking into account the most efficient route and the shortest wait times to start charging.

Get Your new EV at John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc. in Clarkston!

Now that you know how convenient and easy it is to use the Chevy Bolt electric car chargers, do you feel ready to help the planet and go electric? Try out a Chevy Bolt for yourself by contacting us at John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc.. We’re happy to answer any questions you may still have and help you schedule a test drive! Be sure to check out our extensive overview of the benefits of electric vehicles and ask us about the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV interior while you’re here!

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