GM Announces Official Supplier of Chevy Bolt Home Chargers
When buyers pick up a new electric car, then one further step that they usually take is to also order a Level 2 AC home charging station, which offers 240V charging as opposed to plugging into a normal house outlet, which typically offers 110V. This is usually offered as an added accessory by the dealership in collaboration with a third-party vendor, and could potentially vary from dealer to dealer.
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However, this variation will not be so with the 2017 Chevy Bolt (already on sale in California), as General Motors has announced that it has chosen AeroVironment as the official home-charging station supplier for the EV, offering the brand’s 32-amp EVSE-RS Level 2 chargers at Chevy dealers.
Since the relationship is now official, stations sold as accessories with the Bolt will be GM-branded, with their own GM part numbers. The stations, as Level 2 power sources, can charge the battery (from dead, pushed-into-the-garage-with-your-neighbor’s-help empty) in 9 hours. It’s somewhat important to remember that this will almost never happen to a typical driver.
The AeroVironment home charging station will cost $699, which is about typical, according to PlugInCars.com. This cost will actually be increased somewhat if this is your first electric vehicle, as for installation the station will need a stronger power source installed than your typical outlet—240V is about the amount of energy used by ovens, air conditioners, driers, and furnaces, so keep in mind that you may have to pay an electrician to run a stronger outlet to where you will plug in the car.