How long does it take to charge a Chevrolet Bolt?

Electric vehicles have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are many benefits to driving an electric vehicle like the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt or 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, but you may have some questions about this model that you need answers to before you make the investment. If you’re thinking about buying a Chevrolet Bolt, it’s important to know how long they take to charge, how far they go per charge, and what your options are for charging your Chevrolet Bolt. Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about charging your vehicle.

How Long Does It Take To Charge a Chevrolet Bolt?

How long it takes to charge your Chevy Bolt depends on which charging option you use. At best, you can fully charge your vehicle at home in as little as 9.5 hours. Even if you don’t have time to charge it fully, you can add as much as 100 miles to your vehicle’s travel distance with a 30-minute charge using super fast charging at a public charging station. Here’s an outline of how long it takes to charge a Chevy Bolt:

  • Level 1 basic charging: This uses a 120-volt portable charging cord. Per hour, it adds about four miles of range to your vehicle.
  • Level 2 fast charging: Level 2 charging uses a 240-volt home charging unit, which you can install at home. This charging unit adds 26 miles of range to your vehicle for each hour it charges.
  • Level 2 fast charging (public charging station): At a level 2 public fast charging station, you can charge your vehicle to add 39 miles of range per hour.
  • Level 3 super fast charging (DC public charging station): This level of charging is the most efficient. It can add up to 100 miles of range to your vehicle in as little as 30 minutes.

It’s also important to factor in which model of the Chevy Bolt you own when looking at your charging options. While both models charge at similar rates, the Chevy Bolt EUV comes standard with the Dual Level Charge Cord. This cord makes it easier to transition between level 1 and 2 charging as desired. The Chevy Bolt EV comes with the option to add this cord, but it doesn’t come standard, so take this into account before deciding which model to purchase.

Regardless of which model you choose, you’ll get a level 2 charging station for home use when you lease or purchase a Chevy Bolt.

What Are the Range Estimates for the Chevy Bolt?

Both models of the Chevy Bolt offer impressive, comparable ranges. Knowing just how much range your vehicle has before it needs another charge is an important consideration when purchasing an electric vehicle. Here’s how these two models compare:

  • Chevy Bolt EV: The EV has a range of about 259 miles on a full charge.
  • Chevy Bolt EUV: The EUV has a slightly shorter range, getting about 247 miles per full charge.

What Else Should I Know About Charging My Chevy Bolt?

Knowing how much charge you need based on your driving patterns can help you plan charging around your driving habits. Here are some considerations for each charging level:

  • Level 1 basic charging: This is the lowest and most accessible form of charging for your electric vehicle. Having a level 1 portable charge cord can be a great option for those who typically drive fewer than 48 miles a day, and you can use it to charge your vehicle fully in about 12 hours.
  • Level 2 fast charging: Drivers with a level 2 fast charging unit at home can get their car up to full charge in about nine hours. If you drive more than 48 miles on average per day, you may prefer the convenience and efficiency of this type of charging unit, which is ideal for charging your vehicle at home overnight.
  • Level 2 fast charging (public charging station): If you need a charge while you’re out and about, a level 2 public charging station can top you off while you finish your local errands.
  • Level 3 super fast charging (DC public charging station): Taking a long road trip in your Chevy Bolt? A level 2 super fast public charger is likely your best option for convenience and efficiency when you need a full charge far from home.

Preparing To Charge Your Chevrolet Bolt

If you’ve never owned an electric vehicle before, here are some questions to ask yourself so you can prepare to keep up with your vehicle’s charging needs:

How many miles do I drive each week and does my workplace offer car charging?

Before buying a Chevy Bolt, take some time to reflect on your current driving habits. Think about how many miles you drive each week and how often you’ll need to charge your vehicle. Also, consider whether your workplace provides a place for you to charge your car. If not, you may want to invest in a portable charger.

Do I have a public car charging station near me?

Some areas offer more public car charging stations than others. If you live in or around Flint, Michigan, you can look online to find the nearest public car charging station to you. In addition to looking for charging stations near your place of residence, also look for stations near the places you visit most frequently, like your place of employment. Planning ahead can help you know where to go if your car needs charging.

Can I have a car charger installed at my residence?

Whether you can get a charging unit for your car installed at your place of residence depends on where you live. If you’re renting a property, it’s up to your landlord whether you can install a charging station. Drivers who own a private property may want to hire an electrician to ensure their home is equipped with the right kind of power source to support an at-home charging station.

We hope this guide charging your Chevrolet Bolt has answered all of your questions. Need to know more? Contact our friendly team at Applegate Chevrolet or stop by today and we’ll be happy to help.