How and where can I charge my Chevrolet Bolt?

December 9th, 2021 by

Environmentally conscious Columbia drivers have flocked to electric automobiles such as the Chevrolet Bolt. Electric vehicles are quickly gaining popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-powered cars. If you want to get into an exciting new technology that’s better for the planet as well as your wallet, then you’ll want to check out the Chevrolet Bolt.

The new Chevrolet Bolt is considered one of the top electric cars on the market today, making it an excellent choice for those on the hunt for an Electric Vehicle. But how and where can you charge your Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle? Well, this post covers everything you need to know about charging the Chevrolet Bolt.

What Is the Chevrolet Bolt?2022-Chevrolet-Bolt-EV

The Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle (EV) is GM’s first long-range all-electric automobile and the first mainstream electric vehicle to travel over 200 miles on a single charge. This makes it an excellent option for electric vehicle owners who want to go further without breaking the bank.

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, this compact hatchback goes beyond expectations. It’s powered by a powerful electric motor, which produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. On a fully charged battery, this electric vehicle has a range of 259 miles. 

How to Charge the Chevrolet Bolt

Charging is as simple as plugging in your phone and takes just a few seconds to plug in. The available 240-volt charging system lets you plug in at home after your day and return to a full charge by daybreak. You can always top off anytime you’re parked as well, instead of making a separate trip to refuel. Topping off ensures you always have as much range as possible and lessens the time required for each charging session.

With over 40,000 compatible charging stations, the Chevrolet Bolt makes it easier than ever to find charging stations when you’re on the go. Simply download the myChevrolet mobile app and open the Energy Assist feature. The app shows you the closest charging stations, wait times, and even the most efficient way to get to them.

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Chevrolet Bolt?

Here’s how long it takes to charge a Chevrolet Bolt by type of electric vehicle charger:

Level 1 Basic Charging 

This electric vehicle charger option allows you to charge your Bolt at home or anywhere with a 120-volt, three-prong outlet, and you’ll get four miles of charge per hour. Because this is the slowest charging option, it’s best to use it overnight or for weekend home charging. Chevy recommends that you charge your vehicle daily using this option, so the battery never runs out of power as you drive around Columbia.

Level Two Fast Charging

The 240-volt Level two charger is for your home or public charging stations and yields roughly 25 miles per hour of charge. The Level 2 charging system needs to be professionally installed by an electrician. If you drive approximately 40-50 miles daily, you could fully recharge the battery in just two hours. However, if the battery is completely drained, this EV fully charges again in 9.5 hours. 

Super-Fast Charging 

The Direct Current Fast Charging option is for public charging stations only and provides about 100 miles of range in 30 minutes of charge! Using a DC Fast Charger comes at an extra cost, but they come in handy if you’re out and need to charge your battery fully. Keep in mind, the cost will still be less than gas.

How Much Does It Cost to Charge a Chevy Bolt?

Electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt offer significant daily fuel savings thanks to their efficient use of electricity as fuel. The price of charging can vary across different Electric Vehicle charging stations and networks. With an average rate of around 12 cents per kilowatt/hour, many Columbian residents can fully charge a Chevrolet Bolt for just $8. You even have the option of programming your Chevrolet Bolt to only charge during off-peak electricity hours to make sure you get the best rate possible.

Electric Vehicle Charging Tips

We’re all accustomed to using lithium-ion batteries in our laptops and smartphones, and most of the charging tips that apply to them also apply to your electric vehicle batteries.

Admittedly, all lithium-ion batteries degrade over the years, and losses of capacity can affect your driving range. Fortunately, there’re effective ways to get the most out of your electric vehicle’s battery:

  • Slow down. Driving slower conserves the energy used by your battery. The quicker you drive, the faster you’ll deplete your charge.
  • Don’t charge to full capacity or discharge completely. Instead, change the vehicle’s or car charger settings to limit the charge to about 80% and keep it above 25% if you can. Not fully charging your car provides space for regenerative braking that turns kinetic energy into useful energy that can be topped off on the car’s battery.
  • Storage time. If you’re going on a vacation and your electric vehicle is just parked in the garage, leave your ride plugged in and limit the charge to 60%, so it doesn’t overcharge while you’re away.
  • Keep it cool. The danger is mostly parking unplugged in very low temperatures. If you can plug in, the car battery’s thermal management system keeps the battery safe.
  • Minimize fast charging. While you shouldn’t be scared to use fast chargers, extended use can deteriorate the battery more quickly than a slower charge.
  • Avoid exposure to extremely high temperatures. Park your electric vehicle in the shade whenever possible or plug in to activate the battery’s thermal management system using grid power.

Making the switch to a Chevrolet Bolt is easy at Stan McNabb Chevrolet of Columbia! Our finance team can help you get a great price on your petroleum-powered vehicle if you’re willing to trade it in for an electric car purchase for instant savings. Stan McNabb Chevrolet of Columbia has a New Chevloret Inventory that features many of the newest Chevrolet models, including the Chevrolet Bolt, so you’ll definitely find something for you. If you have any questions about the Chevrolet Bolt or would like to learn about charging your electric vehicle, please contact us at your convenience!

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