Preparing Your Home For a Chevy Bolt EV or EUV

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Pulling into Driveway

When you opt for a new Chevrolet Bolt EV or Bolt EUV, you’ll enjoy all of the benefits of an expensive electric vehicle, such as a gas-free vehicle that doesn’t need oil changes, with a smaller carbon footprint for your Charleston that won’t break the bank. What you need to do is prepare your vehicle for your new Chevy Bolt EV or EUV. Learn how to do so in this handy guide from the experts at Starling Chevrolet. Feel free to reach out to the service center if you have any questions along the way.

Three Charging Options

Electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV use a rechargeable battery instead of gas. Like any rechargeable battery, your Bolt needs to be plugged in. You’ll have three options for plugging in your new EV:

Public Charging/Super Fast DC Charge/Level 3 Charger 

  • The fastest charging option, but it still takes a little longer than refilling a gas tank
  • Get up to 76 miles of range in roughly 10 minutes of charging time

Home Charging/240-Volt Charging Unit/Level 2 Charger

  • Enjoy up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge
  • An electrician must install the charger

Home Charging/120-Volt Charging/Level 1 Charger

  • Your Chevy Bolt comes with the necessary charging cable
  • Plugs into a standard three-prong 120-volt outlet
  • About 3.5 miles of range per hour of charge, or about 20 hours to a full charge

If you’re torn on whether or not to get the 240-volt charger, consider how you drive in the North Charleston area. If your commute is under 50 miles a day and you’re only using your Bolt for commuting, you may not need to upgrade to a Level 2 charging station. However, having the Level 2 station means you’re able to fully charge your vehicle overnight and not worry about going over your mileage and not be near a public charging station.                                                                                                         

How Much is a Home Charging Station?

Several factors will determine the cost of your home charging station:

  1. Make sure that your home electrical system can handle home charging, no matter if you choose to use a 120v or 240v. This could require a visit from an electrician and modifications to your system that adds to the overall price.
  2. Shop around for prices at different home improvement stores.
  3. Hire an electrician to install your home charging system. 

Let’s breakdown the price for Level 1 and 2 charging: 

  • Basic 120-Volt Portable Charge Cord (Level 1): Estimated Total of $1,300 to $2,300
  • Fast 240-Volt Charging Unit (Level 2): Estimated Total of $1,700 to $2,700

How to Save Money On A Chevy Bolt!

It may seem like you’re spending a lot of money to prepare your home for a Chevy Bolt EV or EUV. At the end of the day, it’s an investment that will ultimately save you money in the long run. Here’s how:

  • Fuel charges: On average, you’ll spend $2.25 a gallon on regular gasoline, while an electric e-gallon costs $1.24.
  • Less maintenance: By purchasing a Chevy Bolt, you’re not spending as much money on routine maintenance. Since you don’t have the combustion, you’re not paying for replacements, transmission fluid flushes, and more.
  • Tax incentives: Check with our finance team about any tax savings we have available for purchasing an EV.
  • Local utility incentives: With the 240-volt home charger, you may be eligible for incentives from your local utility company. 

Test Drive a Chevy Bolt EV or EUV With Starling Chevrolet!

Now that you know more about the new Chevy Bolt EV and EUV, we want to get you behind the driver’s seat for a test drive! Give us a call to arrange a time for you to come to our Mount Pleasant dealership to learn about the Chevrolet Bolt, explore our inventory to find the model that’s right for your driving needs, and hit the roads for your test drive. Be sure to also explore our new vehicle specials and get pre-approved for financing right at home.