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The Bolt EV is a great low-cost daily driving option

It’s been almost seven years since that service, and Chevrolet has bumped the Bolt’s DC fast charging speed to 55kW, but that sucks compared to other EVs available today. Perhaps LG Chem’s battery problems that prompted Chevrolet to recall all Bolt EVs and replace the batteries played a part in why they haven’t increased the maximum DC charging rate further over the years. If you are interested in the Chevrolet price Philippines, you can click here.

They are still determining the speed we want to go. They’ve over-validated a lot of our components as a precaution, but they’re still figuring out if we want to limit it to 50kW or 60kW or maybe more. That decision hasn’t been made yet, but I can promise it won’t be less than 50kW. – Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer at the 2016 North American International Auto Show

The good news, as reported on Autofun Philippines,  for Bolt EV owners is that many EV owners rarely need to use public charging infrastructure, as long as they have the ability to plug it in at home. The EPA-rated 259-mile driving range is more than adequate for most customers’ daily driving needs. The exception would be in cases where they need to go beyond the Bolt EV’s single charge range, between 200 and 270 miles, depending on weather conditions and driving style.

In addition, Chevrolet will cover the cost of installing your home charger on all new Bolt EVs and Bolt EUV 2022. Chevrolet’s charging partner, Qmerit, will come to your home or business and Chevrolet will cover the standard installation costs. However, if the installation requirements are more complicated, the customer will have to pay the difference.

However, for those looking to take the Bolt EV further than its one-time charging leash, it’s better to know how long the car will take to add miles to the trip. We’ve therefore put together this DC fast charging review video, which shows what Bolt EV (and Bolt EUV) owners will see when fast charging their vehicle.

They should point out that all EV charging, and especially DC fast charging, can be affected by a number of factors, including the power provided by the charging device and, most importantly, the temperature of the battery. As such, this video is intended as a guide to what you’ll see under similar conditions, not an exact example of what you’ll go through every time you load your vehicle.

The team has a full 0-100 time lapse quick charge session in the video along with a full charge curve plotted and a graph of charging time, showing how long it takes to add 100 and 200 miles of driving distance .

They also looked at how many miles per minute the charging session added, and from a 0-80% charge state, the Bolt EV added 2.57 miles of range per minute charged. Then, from 80% to 100%, the charge drops rapidly, to an average of an extra mile per minute of charge. To do that, our charging king, the Lucid Air Dream Edition series, averaged an extra 10.81 mph from 0-80% charge and 2.86 mph from 80%-100%. However, you can buy five Bolt EVs for the price of one Lucid Air Dream Edition, so that’s something to consider.

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