First off, there are two charging options available for the Chevy Bolt: home сharging and Public Charging. We’ll discuss home charging in more detail below.
It’s important to note that you can buy a home charger (see our home EV Charger buying guide ), but it’s not necessary unless you plan on doing long-distance trips or live somewhere without easy access to public chargers. And although public chargers are free for most drivers, occasionally they do require payment or membership. For most people with regular daily driving needs, home charging is all you need – other than plugging into any standard 120v wall outlet which provides an extremely slow charge (see home EV Charger buying guide).
If you want to install a Level 2 charger at home, you have two options: You can either hardwire the charger directly into your electrical panel, or you can use a plug-in charging station.
Best plugin chargers for Chevy Bolt
- ChargePoint Home Flex 16 to 50 Amp • NEMA 14-50
- JuiceBox 32A • NEMA 14-50 Level 2 charger
- LEFANEV 32A • NEMA 14-50 EV charger
A plug-in charging station is less expensive than a hardwired charger, but you have to remember to unplug it when you’re not using it. This type of charging station also comes with a built-in circuit breaker, so you don’t have to worry about overloading your home’s electrical system. If you have more than one plug-in electric vehicle, you can use multiple charging stations at the same time.
Best hardwired chargers for Chevy Bolt
- ChargePoint Home Flex WiFi Enabled EV Charger
- Lectron 240V 40 Amp Level 2 EV Charger
- Pulsar Plus Level 2 EV Charger
A hardwired charger is installed by a professional and is more expensive than a plug-in charging station. Once it’s installed, however, you never have to worry about forgetting to unplug your charger—it’s always on and ready to go. Plus, because it’s hardwired into your electrical system, you can use a higher wattage Level 2 charger (up to 10 kW) without having to upgrade your home’s electrical panel.
Chevrolet Bolt home сharging
There are two options available for home charging your Chevy Bolt: Level 1 Basic and Level 2 Fast. We’ll discuss both in more detail below. It’s important to note that you can buy a home сharger (see our home EV Charger buying guide ), but it’s not necessary unless you plan on doing long-distance trips or live somewhere without easy access to public chargers. And although public chargers are free for most drivers, occasionally they do require payment or membership. For most people with regular daily driving needs, home charging is all you need – other than plugging into any standard 120v wall outlet which provides an extremely slow charge (see home EV Charger buying guide ).
Level 1 Basic: This first electric car charger option allows you to charge your Bolt at home, or anywhere that has a 120-volt, three-prong outlet. To use it, just plug the connector into your Chevy Bolt and the other end into a standard 120v wall outlet. It will take about 12 hours to fully charge your Bolt using Level 1 charging.
Level 2 Fast: The 240-volt Level 2 charger is for your home or public charging stations and provides about 25 miles per hour of charge. To use it, just plug the connector into your Chevy Bolt and the other end into a standard 240v wall outlet (example NEMA 14-50) or a dedicated charging station. It will take about 4-6 hours to fully charge your Bolt using Level 2 charging.
How to choose a home EV charger?
When you’re looking to buy a home EV charger, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at the 7 most important factors:
- The amperage of your electric vehicle (EV)
- The distance from the EV charger to the nearest charging station
- Ample power usage by local utility company
- Home size and layout
- Your desired level of installation (a DIY or professional service?)
- Amount of available space in front and back of your house for installation
- Your budget
How fast do you want to charge?
The speed of the charger is important if you want to get a full charge in a short amount of time. Home chargers typically come in three speeds: 3.6 kW, 7.2 kW, and 11 kW. If you have a Chevy Bolt, you’ll need a charger that can provide at least 7.2 kW of power.
How many plugs do you have on your electrical panel?
The amount of power your home electrical panel can provide is also important to consider when choosing a charger. If you don’t have enough space on your panel, you may need to upgrade it in order to use a high-powered charger.
Where would you like to place your electric vehicle charging station?
Where you put your home EV charger is important, too. You’ll want to make sure the location is easily accessible and close to an electrical outlet. Some people choose to install their home EV chargers near a parking spot or outer wall that gets sun exposure, so they can warm up the battery before driving.
How important is it that you have a safe and reliable charger?
The safety and reliability of your charger is obviously an important factor to consider when choosing a home EV Charger. Some home EV Chargers utilize 24/7 active temperature control and quad-helix windings to build up power quickly while preventing overheating problems. Other home EV Chargers also prevent over charging by automatically shutting off once it’s done powering your electric vehicle. Which leads us to our next point:
Is it true that an electric vehicle charging station will save me money?
Some home EV Chargers offer valuable savings as well as smart technology such as “smart charging” which allows you to schedule specific times for your charger to turn on and off. This can help you save energy and money.
What else can the charger accomplish?
Besides smart charging, home EV Chargers come with a variety of other smart features. Some chargers have built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor your charging status or control your charger remotely. Other chargers come with timers that allow you to set charging times for specific days of the week.
How much does it cost to charge an EV?
The cost of a home EV Charger can vary depending on the type and speed of the charger. Prices typically start at around $500, but can go up to $1,500 or more for high-powered chargers. It’s important to keep in mind that home EV Chargers usually come with value-added benefits like smart features, Wi-Fi control, timers, safety shut-off and 24/7 active temperature control.
Public Charging: Chevy Bolt Public Charging
Public Charging is available at thousands of locations across the country, and is free for most drivers. To use it, just plug the connector into your Chevy Bolt and the other end into the charging port on the public charger. The time it takes to charge your Bolt will vary depending on the type of public charger and its current state of charge.
Charging your Chevy Bolt is a breeze – just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help.
Where to buy an EV charger?
When you’re ready to buy a home EV Charger for your Chevy Bolt, be sure to consider the factors listed above. It’s important to find a charger that meets your needs and fits your budget.
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Where is the cheapest place to charge Chevy Bolt?
|Home • 1.7KW OUTPUT (AC)||Blink • 50KW OUTPUT (DC)||Chargepoint • 62.5KW OUTPUT (DC)|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV60 kWh||$5.4||$15.12||$3.24|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV65 kWh||$5.85||$16.38||$3.51|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV66 kWh||$5.94||$16.63||$3.56|
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