Bolt EV FAQ
A 120-volt charge cord comes standard with the Bolt EV✝︎. The available 240-volt (32-amp/7.2 kW) charging unit is the most convenient way to charge at home – however, it does require professional installation. For Bolt EV, using a 240-volt charging station can provide a full charge in as little as 10 hours at 32 amps.✝︎
You can find the available 240-volt charging unit at Bolt EV certified dealers and online at GM Accessories. Otherwise, be sure to talk to a certified electrician about installation costs and incentives in your area.
Plus, with Programmable and Location-Based Charging options, you can easily set your Bolt EV to take advantage of off-peak utility rates to help save money. Also check with your local electricity utility provider about off-peak electricity rates that may be available, as well as potential incentives or rebates they may provide for installation of home charging units.✝︎✝︎
✝︎Using the 120-volt portable charger at 12 amps will charge the battery in as little as 55 hours. Using a 240-volt charging station will charge the battery in as little as 10 hours at 32 amps. Professional installation is required for 240-volt charging stations. Using a public DC charging station with at least 80 kW of available power will charge the battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Charging times are estimates and may vary based upon battery condition, charge level, output of charge unit, vehicle settings and outside temperature.
✝︎✝︎Provincial electric vehicle incentive (”Incentive”) referenced is a maximum incentive or rebate amount provided by the provincial governments of British Columbia or Quebec (each a ”Province”) on eligible vehicles. The maximum amount of the Incentive, terms and conditions of the Incentive, and any eligibility or application requirements will vary by Province. The actual amount of the Incentive will vary by Province, by model and trim level, by MSRP, by payment method and term, and by any additional criteria established by each Province. Quebec/BC: Incentive will be applied after applicable taxes are calculated; The Incentive programs are administered independently by each Province and are subject to cancellation or change by the respective Province. General Motors of Canada Company is not responsible for the administration of Incentive programs, is not responsible for any changes or cancellations to the program, and makes no representations about the actual amount of or eligibility for the Incentive. Incentive information is provided for informational purposes only. Conditions and limitations apply. Consult your Province or see your Dealer for details.
The standard 8-inch diagonal Driver Information Centre and 10.2-inch diagonal colour touch-screen displays in the Bolt EV as well as the available myChevrolet® Mobile App✝︎✝︎ make it easy to track your energy efficiency and charge status.
On the 8-inch diagonal Driver Information Centre, you can select from three different displays with varying levels of information:
- Classic: Battery charge level and range estimate, plus efficiency indicator with solid green or yellow bar.
- Modern: Battery charge level and range estimate, plus efficiency ball to track performance.
- Enhanced: Battery charge level with confidence gauge (estimated high and low range based on recent driving), power gauge, and efficiency ring.
On the 10.2-inch diagonal colour touch-screen, simply select the “Energy” button to access the Energy Screens, which feature:
- Power Flow: Presents a diagram of the car to show its current operating condition and highlights active components. This means you can see how features such as features such as regenerative braking✝︎ actually work during your commute.
- Charging Information: Displays your charge status, charge time settings and charge level settings based on the type of charging equipment you use.
- Efficiency History: Stores information on how you drive for up to 80 kilometres and utilizes a bar graph to represent the energy used as you drive.
- Energy Details: Breaks down the percentages of energy used for Driving and Accessories, Climate Settings and Battery Conditioning. At a glance, you can see how much power is going toward your heating and cooling levels.
- Energy Usage Score: Calculates an index score based on driving technique, terrain, climate settings and outside temperature. This allows you to make adjustments to optimize energy consumption and maximize your score and range, if you’d like.
With the available myChevrolet® App✝︎✝︎, you can remotely start and precondition your vehicle while it’s charging, monitor your charge status, view diagnostic information and more – all with the tap of a finger.
✝︎Regenerative braking performance may be limited when the battery is cold or near full charge.
✝︎✝︎Available on select Apple and Android devices. Service availability, features and functionality are subject to limitations and vary by vehicle, device and the plan in which you are enrolled. Device data connection required. Visit OnStar for more details.
The Canadian Federal government recently introduced a point-of-sale incentive program of up to $5000✝︎ for consumers who purchase or lease certain zero-emissions and plug-in hybrid vehicles like Bolt EV. For complete details on the Federal Incentives for Zero-Emissions Vehicles program, click here
Purchasers and lessees of new Bolt EV models registered in Quebec and British Columbia may also be eligible for additional Provincially-run incentives of up to $8000 and $3000 respectively. That means a total potential Government incentive of up to $13,000✝︎✝︎✝︎ in Quebec and up to $8,000✝︎✝︎ in British Columbia towards the purchase or lease of a new Bolt EV, subject to terms and conditions. Click here Click here to learn more about Quebec’s Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. And here to learn more about British Columbia’s program.
✝︎Up to $5000 Government Incentive is a maximum incentive provided by the Federal Government on eligible vehicles. The maximum amount of the Incentive, the terms and conditions, eligibility and application requirements, may vary. Government Incentive is applied after applicable taxes are calculated. The Incentive program is administered independently by the Federal Government and is subject to cancellation or change at any time. Incentive information is provided for informational purposes only; GM Canada is not responsible for the administration of the Incentive program, its cancellation or change, and makes no representation about the actual amount of or eligibility for any Incentive. Conditions and limitations apply. For more information see http://www.tc.gc.ca.
✝︎✝︎Up to $8000 Government Incentive is comprised of $5000 Federal Incentive and $3000 British Columbia Provincial Incentive (collectively the “Incentives”). The Incentives are maximum amounts provided by the applicable government on eligible vehicles. The maximum amounts of the Incentives, the terms and conditions, eligibility and application requirements, may vary. Incentives are applied after applicable taxes are calculated. The Incentive programs are administered independently by the applicable government and are subject to cancellation or change at any time. Incentive information is provided for informational purposes only; GM Canada is not responsible for the administration of the Incentive programs, their cancellation or change, and makes no representation about the actual amount of or eligibility for any Incentive. Conditions and limitations apply. For more information see http://www.tc.gc.ca (Federal Incentive) and https://www.cevforbc.ca/clean-energy-vehicle-program (British Columbia Provincial Incentive).
It will cost an estimated average of $463 a year to charge Bolt EV, based on EnerGuide Fuel Consumption data for an annual driving distance of 20,000 km and an average electricity price of $0.13 per kWh. So the savings add up big time. Calculation based on 2020 and 2021 model years Bolt EV, for more information see vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.
Whichever comes first. Coverage begins on the date the vehicle is delivered and ends at the expiration of the applicable coverage period. Your vehicle’s Warranty Booklet contains conditions, limitations, restrictions and exclusions and coverage periods pertaining to the warranties and the Owner’s Manual contains important information which may impact you maintaining your warranties. See your Warranty Booklet and Owner’s Manual for details.
Owning a Bolt EV requires less maintenance than a gas vehicle since there are no oil changes or engine upkeep. Here are a few things you’ll need to keep up on:
- Rotate your tires every 12,000 kilometres.
- Replace the cabin air filter every 36,000 kilometres.
- Check your brakes, hoses and fluid levels periodically.
These services can all be performed at any Chevrolet Bolt EV-certified dealer. Refer to the Owner’s Manual for complete maintenance details and schedules.
When operating traditional gas vehicles, certain driving behaviors or weather conditions can impact your fuel efficiency. The same realities apply to electric vehicles. Depending on how you drive or how you adjust the climate settings, your range will be affected. But, with Bolt EV’s estimated range of up to 417 kilometres of electric range per full charge (based on 2020 and 2021 model year),✝︎ there’s plenty to go around.
When it comes to weather and range variation, here are a few things to consider:
Outside temperature: Unfortunately we can’t control the elements, but it’s important to remember that outside temperature will affect range. Luckily the Bolt EV battery pack has an active thermal management system and liquid-cooling loop to allow the vehicle to operate in extreme hot and cold climates. Your driving technique: Being a little heavy-footed on the accelerator will impact range efficiency, just like with a gas vehicle.
The terrain: Living in a hilly or flat area could impact your range. Regenerative braking features such as Regen on Demand™✝︎✝︎ and One Pedal Driving help restore more energy into the battery. And by enabling Hill Top Reserve – which allows you to stop the charge before the battery is full – you can leave space for “free” regenerative energy when driving downhill from a higher elevation immediately after charging.
Climate control settings: Some like it warm. Some like it cold. Whatever your preference, when the heat or air conditioning is in use, energy is pulled from the battery. But there are ways you can reduce energy usage and improve range. Be sure to use the heated seat feature, because heating the seat uses less energy than heating the vehicle interior. And you can precondition your car while it’s still plugged in to reach just the right temperature before you step inside. This way, power is pulled from your electrical source rather than from your battery.
✝︎2020 and 2021 Bolt EV fuel consumption estimates based on GM testing in accordance with Government of Canada approved test methods. Refer to www.nrcan.gc.ca for details. Your actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age and how you use and maintain your vehicle.
✝︎✝︎Regenerative braking performance may be limited when the battery is cold or near full charge.