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Chevy Bolt charging stations: everything you need to know

Last updated 11/15/2018

The Chevrolet Bolt is the first mainstream electric car that can travel over 200 miles on a single charge, making it a great option for electric vehicle owners who want to use their car for more than just errands around town. Understanding your Chevy Bolt charging station options is an important part of electric car ownership.

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Level 1 chargers, Level 2 chargers, and DC Fast Charging for the Chevy Bolt

“Fueling” your Chevy Bolt will take a little longer than filling up at the gas pump. Overall, it can take anywhere from an hour and 20 minutes to a full day to charge your Chevy Bolt. Your Chevy Bolt charge time is dependent on how full your car’s battery is and the type of charging station that you use. There are three types of Chevy Bolt charging stations.

Level 1 charging station for Chevy Bolt

Level 1 electric car chargers are the least expensive option, and are typically provided when you purchase your Chevy Bolt. Level 1 chargers plug into a standard wall outlet. They are also the slowest type of EV charger available. A standard Chevy Bolt Level 1 charging station will be able to offer about 4 miles of range per hour of charging. The Bolt has a 238 mile range, which means that it can take more than a day to charge its battery with a Level 1 charger. As a result, this type of charging station is best for overnight use at home.

Level 2 charging station for Chevy Bolt

Level 2 charging stations are considered an “upgrade” from the standard Level 1 chargers provided when you purchase your Chevy Bolt. With the help of an electrician, you can install a Level 2 charger at your home. A typical Level 2 charging station can fully charge your Chevy Bolt battery in nine and a half hours.

DC Fast Charging for Chevy Bolt

DC Fast Chargers are commercial electric car charging stations that are accessible to EV owners to use across the country. Not every electric car can be charged with the use of DC Fast Chargers; however, the Chevy Bolt does have DC Fast Charging capabilities. If there is a DC Fast Charger near you, you can charge your Chevy Bolt in about an hour and 20 minutes.

Charge time for a Chevy Bolt

Charger level Time to charge
Level 1 (120 volts) 4 miles of range per hour
Level 2 (220/240 volts) 9 ½ hours
DC Fast charging 1 hour 20 minutes

How much does it cost to charge a Chevy Bolt?

Electric cars like the Chevy Bolt offer significant fuel savings on a day-to-day basis thanks to their efficient use of electricity as fuel. The cost to fully charge a Chevy Bolt depends on where you live, because electricity prices vary from utility to utility and from state to state. The cost to “fill up” a Chevy Bolt battery at home ranges from just over $6.00 (in Washington state) to more than $20.00 (in Hawaii) – a high cost, but significantly lower than the equivalent cost for a tank of gas.

Cost to charge a Chevy Bolt in top states

Location Per-kWh electricity rate Price of a full charge
California $0.14 $9.44
Colorado $0.12 $8.01
Hawaii $0.30 $20.32
Massachusetts $0.21 $13.87
Nevada $0.12 $8.25
New York $0.17 $11.60
Oregon $0.11 $7.16
Utah $0.11 $7.20
Vermont $0.18 $11.87
Washington $0.09 $6.32
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