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I thought I had posted my introduction but I was wrong. I bought it on December 1. It is love from the beginning. I am still using the regular 120 volt charger and all is going well. I've only taken one long range trip and didn't start with a full charge so I had to stop half-way. I'm sure range anxiety was involved, too. Since I have reaearched the range issue and am looking forward to the next adventure.
 

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I thought I had posted my introduction but I was wrong. I bought it on December 1. It is love from the beginning. I am still using the regular 120 volt charger and all is going well. I've only taken one long range trip and didn't start with a full charge so I had to stop half-way. I'm sure range anxiety was involved, too. Since I have reaearched the range issue and am looking forward to the next adventure.
Glad to hear you're still enjoying your Bolt. I'm still using my EVSE that came with the Bolt after 18 months. But, I've plugged it into 240V using an adapter. That's an easy option if you ever need a little faster charging rate (2x!).
 

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Driving a battery-powered car has dramatically changed the way I drive gas-powered cars and how I view energy usage in general. Thanks Chevy Bolt! lol
 

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Glad to hear you're still enjoying your Bolt. I'm still using my EVSE that came with the Bolt after 18 months. But, I've plugged it into 240V using an adapter. That's an easy option if you ever need a little faster charging rate (2x!).

Correct me if I am wrong. The provided EVSE, run at 110VAC, offers Level 1 service at either 8 amps or 12 amps (set inside the EV). The "most common" Level 2 EVSE, run at 240VAC, provide 30, 32, or 40 amp service. The provided EVSE, run at 240VAC, is limited to 16 amps, providing 2x 8 amps, but only 1.33x 12 amps. Am I right?
 

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Correct me if I am wrong. The provided EVSE, run at 110VAC, offers Level 1 service at either 8 amps or 12 amps (set inside the EV). The "most common" Level 2 EVSE, run at 240VAC, provide 30, 32, or 40 amp service. The provided EVSE, run at 240VAC, is limited to 16 amps, providing 2x 8 amps, but only 1.33x 12 amps. Am I right?

You can get 240V 15A (12A), 20A (16A), 30A (24A), 40A (32A), 50A (40A).

The Bolt will draw a maximum of 32A.
The original EVSE is certified to only do 110V @ 8 or 12 A.


Someone along the way discovered that some versions of the original EVSE have the guts to be capable of doing 240V but still only on a 15A circuit that can only do 12A. Therefore about 2.8kw. You would need to provide a 240V receptacle and an adaptor.


I wish Chev would provide a letter or a replacement sticker for those versions of bricks to properly allow the 240V usage since it's capable of it.
 

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Using the stock charger:

120V 8A (default) - around 70 hours @ 3.5 mi/hr
120V 12A (manually selecting 12A each time you charge) - around 50 hours @ 5 mi/hr
240V 12A (plug adapter, gets you automatic 12A on 240V) - around 24 hours @ 10 mi/hr

It's well worth getting/making an adapter to plug the stock charger into a 240V dryer outlet or whatnot.
Most people commuting up to an hour each way would be fine without installing an L2 station.
 

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The provided EVSE, run at 240VAC, is limited to 16 amps, providing 2x 8 amps, but only 1.33x 12 amps. Am I right?
The provided EVSE only pulls 12 amps but now with 240 volts of potential. It's the voltage that doubles the wattage. 12x240=2,880 watts or 2.88 kW. The best part for me, is the car now defaults to 12 amps and nearly charges one bar an hour. If I charge from 7 bars (35% SOC) to 18 bars (HTR) it will take a little over 11 hours (closer to 12) to charge.
 

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I thought I had posted my introduction but I was wrong. I bought it on December 1. It is love from the beginning. I am still using the regular 120 volt charger and all is going well. I've only taken one long range trip and didn't start with a full charge so I had to stop half-way. I'm sure range anxiety was involved, too. Since I have reaearched the range issue and am looking forward to the next adventure.
I really feel like reviewers miss the mark when talking about the Bolt. It really is like an electric hot hatch and such a fun ride. They might complain about the seats or the looks, but those are fine to me and the ride itself is so much better than the Mercedes E320, Ford Mustang and Acura Integra I’ve owned in the past. Quicker, more fun to drive, much more practical all-around and much cheaper to operate (the Integra was a lemon and repairs cost me a ton).
 

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I really feel like reviewers miss the mark when talking about the Bolt. It really is like an electric hot hatch and such a fun ride. They might complain about the seats or the looks, but those are fine to me and the ride itself is so much better than the Mercedes E320, Ford Mustang and Acura Integra I’ve owned in the past. Quicker, more fun to drive, much more practical all-around and much cheaper to operate (the Integra was a lemon and repairs cost me a ton).
X2 - we knew we needed a BEV for practicality, but the Bolt was such a hoot to drive, that was the cherry on the sundae.

Also, X2, because our Bolt use is local, mostly two to ten mile errand running; seldom more than 50 miles a day, that's where the BEV excells.

In the six months of winter up here, it's wonderful to hit the button and have the battery warmed and the car interior and seats hot.

The supplied L1 would have been adequate for our use. However, the utility was offering a free L2, so we took them up on the deal.

We've kept the long-paid-for SUV for road trips and severe winter road conditions, but it never gets used day-to-day. The second year of the Bolt, the SUV battery died from lack of use. I now keep it on a battery maintainer to preserve the 12-volt battery. The two sets of tires will age crack before they ever wear out. Since I wasn't hauling engines one day last week, I took the SUV on my 100-mile-round-trip just to confirm it still works..

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