The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has swept the automotive media and critics off of their feet. The brand’s first full-fledged electric vehicle will arrive with a range of 238 miles and be priced at $29,995 after federal tax credits.
However, charging the Bolt EV isn’t going to be as easy as plugging a Tesla into a supercharging station. The 2017 Bolt EV will arrive with a standard 7.2 kW recharging pack, much smaller than a Tesla’s 20 kW pack. With the Bolt EV’s smaller pack, it will take 9 1/2 hours to charge the vehicle on a 240-volt station, according to The Detroit News. That’s not a very easy amount of time to pass despite the Bolt EV banking on its range to find new homes.
It gets worse, though. Chevrolet says a full charge, utilizing a regular 120-volt wall socket, will take 51 hours. Fifty. One.
Thankfully, Chevrolet thinks nearly all Bolt EV customers will pony up for the DC fast charging unit, which will be a $750 option. This unit can provide 90 miles of juice in just 30 minutes.
EVs are merely in their infancy and the U.S. arguably doesn’t have a robust network of charging stations. But, with vehicles like the 2017 Bolt EV, that will likely change. And it must if rural owners want any comfort in knowing they can head out of town without their at-home charging unit.