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How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?

Man plugging in Chevrolet Bolt EV


Looking for a way to spend less money fueling up at Sarasota gas stations? Electric vehicles are a great solution, but you may be wondering, “how long does it take to charge an electric car?” The answer depends on your charging method. There are several charging options available with different plugs and ports, as well as charging adapters. Learn more about electric car charging times and options with Cox Chevrolet before you get behind the wheel!

What Are My Electric Car Charging Options?

  1. Domestic Outlet Home Charging: Your most basic option is an everyday three-pronged 110V/120V charging outlet (Level 1 Charging). This option takes a while to reach a full charge, so it’s not an ideal long-term solution, but it’s good for topping off each night to prepare for your daily commute.
  2. Installed Brand-Approved Home Charging: To reach Level 2 Charging, you’ll typically need to go with a professionally-installed, brand-approved option. When you make the upgrade, you can expect a much faster charge time than with a domestic outlet.
  3. Public Charging: With electric vehicles gaining popularity on Tampa streets, public charging stations are on the rise, too. When you’re on the go, you can stop off at parking garages, hotels, malls, and even apartment buildings to top off your charge. Many big-name national stores are also participating now, like Walgreens and Kohls, and more charging stations are being installed across the country every day.

 

Chevrolet Bolt EV Charging

How to Find a Public Charging Station Near You

When you’re out and about in Palmetto, locating the nearest electric car charger for your Chevy Bolt couldn’t be simpler. On the myChevrolet mobile app, navigate to the Energy Assist feature. From there, the app will pick charging stations for you, based on the most efficient route and where you will find the shortest wait time to start charging.

Level 1 Basic: 120-Volt Portable Charger Cord

This at-home electric car charger provides 4 miles of range per hour of charging.

The Chevy Bolt comes standard with a 120-volt portable charger cord, which can be plugged into any 120-volt, three-prong outlet. Most Bradenton Bolt owners find that it’s most convenient to charge this way overnight, as you can earn about 48 miles of range from a 12-hour charge. If this will be your primary charging method, it’s recommended that you charge your Bolt every day so you don’t risk running out of range while driving.

Level 2 Fast: 240-Volt Charging Unit

The 240-volt electric car charger unit is available at public charging stations or can be installed in your home. It will provide 25 miles of range per hour of charging.

You can purchase a 240-volt electric car charger unit for $599 MSRP. Cox Chevrolet can order the charger to our dealership in Bradenton, where you can pick it up yourself or elect to have it installed by a technician. This is the most convenient charging option, as you can get 40-50 miles of range in about two hours, or 100 miles of range in about 4.5 hours. Charging overnight for 9.5 hours will get you up to a full 259 miles of range, so you’ll be fully prepared to commute to work, grab lunch in Palmetto, and go anywhere else you please in-between!

Man plugging Chevy Bolt In

Level 3 Super Fast: DC Fast Charging

Level 3 DC Fast Charging is only available at public stations. It provides up to 100 miles of range per 30 minutes of charging.

Only certain public charging stations have DC Fast Charger units available, and drivers will need to pay an extra cost to plug into this super fast option. For occasional use when you’re in a pinch and need a full charge, DC Fast Chargers can provide 160 miles of range in about an hour.

What is the Charging Time of the Chevrolet Bolt?

Cox Chevrolet is proud to carry the Chevrolet Bolt for Palmetto shoppers who are interested in going electric. Details on this Chevy electric car charging time are as follows:

Chevrolet Bolt EV: 238-mile range

  • Home Charging: When charging at home, you can get about 48 miles worth of charge in 12 hours using a domestic outlet, and a 0 – 100 percent charge in about 9.5 hours using the available 240V 32-amp charger.
  • Public Charging: Pull up to a public charger to get about 90 miles of charge in just 30 minutes with DC fast charging, or go from 0 to 80 percent in a little over two hours if you have the time to wait.

Explore the Chevy Bolt EV at Cox Chevrolet!

Ready to upgrade your Brandon commutes with a Chevy Bolt EV from Cox Chevrolet? Not only will you enjoy significant fuel savings, but you’ll also be more environmentally-friendly. Contact us when you’re ready to schedule a test drive, and be sure to browse our lease and finance offers to get a great price on your new electric vehicle and compare the Chevy Bolt vs. Nissan LEAF to continue your electric vehicle research.

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