If you purchase a brand-new Chevy Bolt, GM offers you 2 choices for charging in your home: $500 money for do it yourself, or $1,000 towards utilizing among its licensed installers. I did not understand much about setting up a battery charger, so I selected the 2nd. All was done by e-mail: click on this link to accept, click there to set up.
Previous posts: My First EV, Part 1 and My Very First EV, Part 2– How Far Can You Drive In A Chevy Bolt? Just How Much Will You Pay?
Level 2 Charging In The House
If you are the typical American, you drive 41 miles a day to work (according to zippia.com). If all you have is a routine, 120V outlet, your Bolt will charge about 4.5 miles/hour. If you do not have a charging station at work, it will take you about 9 hours to totally charge for the next day. Money-wise, you will be far better off than purchasing gas, however the long period of time may be a little too wish for convenience. Level 2 charging is a need to for many individuals.
Nervous as I was for quick charging, I was a little dissatisfied with the 4-week scheduling, however the day came and the team appeared on time. To make their task much easier, I made space in my driveway for their rig.
The “team” included one installer who did all the operate in about one hour and one manager who basically seen what was going on. Enough space in the $1,000 tab for 2 individuals, I think.
The very best place for the power outlet is as close as possible to the primary panel. In my case, that had to do with 2 feet away, that made the entire procedure really simple. The installer moved a breaker to an extra place and set up a brand-new 50A 2-phase breaker on the bottom of the rack.
As everyone understands, the line voltage in the United States is 120V, however if you get 2 circuits of 120V, each has 120V to neutral, however they are moved 180 to each other. The voltage in between the 2 stages is 240V.
If you draw 50A at 240V, Ohm’s law states you can have an optimal power of 50 × 240 = 12 kWh. The Bolt has a 65 kWh battery, so in theory you might charge it 5.4 hours. To put it another method, if you take a trip 250 miles on a complete charge, you might charge 46 miles per hour. However wait, this is simply a little over your typical commute! Even if we cut the numbers in half, the charging time ends up being rather affordable.
The installer drilled a hole in the wall and set up a brief avenue on the other side to the power outlet.
I informed him to set up the outlet about 20″ from the flooring, simply enough for the Level-2 battery charger which featured the Bolt to drift. And in no time at all, the Chevy was gladly drawing the amps.
I still had 198 miles in the “tank,” however I wondered to see how quick it would credit complete. The sun was shining, the photovoltaic panels were pumping more than I might utilize– so let’s see what the Bolt states.
The Bolt notified me that the charge will be finished in about 1.5 hours. That’s 35 miles/hour, right on the cash! Whatever worked as prepared. The installer tidied up whatever well and I provided him a suggestion.
Prior to I purchased the Bolt, I guaranteed my other half that for any longer journey, we would do what we constantly did: lease a cars and truck. Now I have doubts. I am believing to visit our child, who resides in lovely Sedona, AZ That’s 1,500 miles big salami. This would need mindful preparation. Please remain tuned for Part 4.
By Mihai Beffa
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