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

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

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:

  1. The amperage of your electric vehicle (EV)
  2. The distance from the EV charger to the nearest charging station
  3. Ample power usage by local utility company
  4. Home size and layout
  5. Your desired level of installation (a DIY or professional service?)
  6. Amount of available space in front and back of your house for installation
  7. Your budget

Home charging equipment for EVs can vary widely depending on the specifications of the vehicle you own and where you live. The type of charger that’s best for your circumstances will depend on several factors, including what your local electric utility company offers in terms of rebates or incentives, if any; outlets available at your residence; how much you’ll be charging each night; and the speed at which you need to recharge. For most Chevrolet EVs, it’s highly recommended that you hire an electrician to install a 240V/50A AC circuit for your charging equipment if one doesn’t exist. You can read more about this in our previous article titled “The best and fastest home chargers for EVs

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.

AeroVironment

If you’re looking to purchase a new electric vehicle and need a charging station, there are a few things you should know. While you can purchase a wall-mounted charging station, you may also want to consider purchasing an AeroVironment wall-mounted charger. Both these options will give you the convenience of charging your vehicle while staying in your home, and are designed to be compatible with your Chevy Bolt’s J1772 electrical connector.

The Chevy Bolt has a high-power charger, drawing over 32 amps at 240 volts, or 7.68 kW, according to the AeroVironment Chevy Bolt charging specs. A clamp-on ammeter can also be used to determine the Bolt’s current draw. It can charge at a high current without requiring a large discharge, starting at 32A at 90% state of charge and tapers off to 30A at full charge.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

If you’re interested in learning more about the new Chevy Bolt EV, here’s a quick guide. You can use it as a reference point when charging your electric vehicle. There are many different chargers available, so you can choose the one that works best for your needs. Also, you can find more information about the Bolt on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The Bolt is a great choice for families as it offers an incredible amount of cargo space.

The Chevrolet Bolt can also be recharged using Level 2 Home EV Chargers. This system requires a 240-volt appliance outlet. Level 2 Charging allows you to fully charge your Bolt’s battery overnight, giving you 9.5 hours of drivetime. Level 2 charging is even more effective when you use public charging stations. This cord adds about 39 miles per hour to your range, so you can use it at home and at work.

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?

You can buy home EV Chargers, extension cords, and J1772 adapters from a variety of different places, including Chevrolet dealerships, home improvement stores, and online retailers.

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.

We are here to welcome you with our EV charger installation

Contact us today. Our professional electrician service  technicians will ensure your home EV Charger is installed safely and efficiently. We take pride in handling every home EV Charger installation with professional care – we know how important your Chevy Bolt EV Charger is to you.

Where is the cheapest place to charge Chevy Bolt?

  Home • 1.44KW 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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Comparison table

ChargePoint NEMA 14-50 plug/hardwired Home Charging Station...Wallbox Pulsar Plus Level 2 EV Charging station 11.52 kW (2...JuiceBox Pro 40 Hardwired Commercial Charging Station (40 A...Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Hardwired EV Home Charging stat...AUTO ENTERPRISE Level 2 EV Charging station 12 kW (240 Volt...
OverviewCharge Smarter, Not Just Faster. The Flexibility to Work with Any Home. Works with Any EV. Hardwired connections are eligible up to 50 amps.Voice control-enabled. Designed for intelligent, professional installation to a 70A breaker and provides excellent performance.Designed for commercial areas. Supports access via RFID cards.A high-powered home device. Has high WiFi signal requirements.EVSE with IP65 protection class, IK10 mechanical protection. Charging speeds of up to 50 amps.
BrandchargepointWallboxJuiceBoxSiemensAUTO ENTERPRISE
Amperage16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 50484012, 16, 24, 32, 40, 4812, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 50
Cable length, ft2325252022
Enclosure MaterialPolycarbonate casing and robust cables and plugsSteel with anti-corrosion coating
OutdoorYesYesYesYesYes
Wall/StandWallWallWallWallWall
WaterproofYesNEMA Type 4YesIP65
Weight17.622.8151727
Working temperature-40°F to 113°Fn/an/an/a
Warranty3-years3 years3 yearsn/a
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