Chevy Bolt Charging Light Indicator

Chevy Bolt Charging Light Indicator 

The Chevy Bolt charging light indicator displays the charging status of your battery, including a blue light, a green light, a yellow or amber light, and a tiny red flashing light. Positioned on the dashboard, near the windshield, the indicator light is visible from outside and inside your vehicle.

The first time I tried charging my Chevy Bolt, a tiny red flashing light would come from the center of the indicator light. I thought it meant that there was something wrong with my charging connection. After spending a long time worrying that something was wrong with my charger or home electrical outlet, I was surprised to discover it was an anti-theft alarm system status light. Besides the red light, my Bolt also had several colors, flashes, and sounds for different charging events. Hence, it took some time before I figured out what each combination of colors, flashes, and sounds was telling me.

This article will help you know every detail about the Chevy Bolt charging light indicator to uncover what flashing or beeping patterns indicate for charging and warning signs to look out for.

Charging the Chevrolet Bolt EV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAwQP2fbjnU

Chevy Bolt Charging Light Indicator Colors and Meanings

The charging light indicator sits at the top of your dashboard and is very obvious from inside and outside your car.

Here’s what each light means:

Blue Light 

The blue light is the first light that flashes on when your EV is connected to the charger. This light does not mean your EV is charging, but that it is connected to the charger.

If the blue light flashes rapidly, then charging is delayed. This usually happens if you have programmed your charging to begin at a set time. It happens when the utility is interrupted. To confirm if you have delayed charging, go to the ‘Home Schedule” or “Charge Later” tabs on your Chevy’s charging app to figure out if you turned on delayed charging.

Green Light

If your vehicle is correctly connected to the charger, then a blinking green light comes on next to indicate that your EV is charging. The rate at which the green light blinks (or is not blinking at all) denotes the percentage of charging. So, the slower the green light flashes, the higher the percentage of battery power reached. Once the charging is complete, the right should turn a stable green color. In detail, the green light flashes denote:

  • One green light flash battery is 0 to 25% charged.
  • Two short green flashes: 25% to 50% charged
  • Three short green flashes: 50% to 75% charged
  • Four short green flashes: 75% to 99% charged
  • A solid green light means the vehicle is plugged in and is fully charged.
  • Slow flashing green light: the EV is plugged in and charging is delayed.

Yellow (Amber) Light

The yellow (amber) light comes on a few seconds after plugging in a compatible charge cord. It usually goes off immediately, turning green to indicate charging. But if you have a long yellow flash, then there are other problems. The most common is circuit interruption, which requires that you check your cord connection.

It can also happen when the systems detect high-voltage charging. A dirty or corroded charging port may also stop your EV from having a secure connection, thereby resulting in that status. Charging system malfunctions, worn-out batteries, charging station communication issues, and electrical problems are also occasions that lead to the long yellow flash.

Solution:

There are several solutions you may try to stop whatever is causing the solid yellow light on your Chevy Bolt:

  1. Unplug and replug the charging cable: Unplug the charging cable from your car and put it back into the wall outlet. Then, after a few seconds, plug it again into your car’s charging port. This resets the charging system.
  2. Use a different charger: If there’s an alternative charging station, then try it to see if the problem is with the charger.
  3. Check the charging cable: carefully inspect the charging cable for signs of wear and tear. Broken connectors and frayed wires are common reasons to replace the cable.
  4. Check the wall outlet: Try a different wall outlet to see if the problem is with the electrical outlet.
  5. Assess your charging port: Look around your EV’s charging port for signs of debris, dirt, or corrosion. If there’s any buildup, then clean it with a soft cloth.
  6. Check the battery. Take your car to a certified Chevy mechanic or dealer to have your car diagnosed.

How to set the charging schedule on your Chevy Bolt EV:

Red Light Alarm System

A flashing red light does not indicate charging status but acts as a theft-deterrent alarm. You can say it works like a traditional “vehicle immobilizer” indicator and would occur when the car is locked and then unlocked randomly. For instance, in my own experience, when I plugged in the charger to charge my Bolt, the green light came on naturally to signal charging. Then I locked the doors, and a flashing red light came on. By morning, I went to unplug the charger without unlocking the vehicle, unleashing a loud and continuous beeping sound.

If you want to disable this alarm, go to your MyChevy app, navigate to Energy, and then Charging Options. Scroll down to Charge Cord Theft Alert and toggle on or off.

If you don’t want to disarm but merely disable the system or avoid setting off the alarm in the future:

  • Press the “key” symbol on the RKE transmitter. In the future, unlock the door with the RKE transmitter before disconnecting the charger.
  • Unlock the vehicle using the Keyless Access system.
  • Start the vehicle.

You cannot disarm the alarm by unlocking the driver’s door with your regular key.

No light from the charging status indicator

If you have plugged in the charging cable and there’s no indicator light, there might be a problem. First, determine that your car isn’t completely dead. If your car isn’t completely dead, you should have dashboard lights and headlights coming on when you try to turn it on.

If you have dashboard lights and headlights, check that there is no problem with the outlet or the charger. If repetitive beeps follow the no-light status, then there is a problem with the charging cord connection. Consider trying the steps outlined for fixing the yellow light status. You must take your car to a certified mechanic or dealer if they don’t work.

Chevy Bolt Charging Status Indicator Sounds

Besides an indicator light showing you what’s happening with your charging system, your Chevy Bolt also has various sounds for different aspects of charging. They include:

  • One audible chirp—the EV is now charging.
  • Two audible chirps: charging delayed
  • Three tones alert you that your charge port door is open after you’ve opened the driver’s door.
  • Four tones is another delayed charging mode. This time, it indicates that your vehicle won’t be sufficiently charged by the departure time due to your rate preference. This happens because some people set their EVs to charge at particular hours when they can keep their electric bills down. You need to perform a delayed override to increase the battery state of charge at the departure time.

What if my Chevy Bolt won’t charge?

Your Chevy Bolt may not charge for some reason. Here are possible causes and how to fix them:

  • Loose or faulty charging port or cable. Use a different charger or check and tighten the charging cable and port.
  • A low or dead 12v battery. Consider disconnecting and reconnecting the battery.
  • A cracked vacuum hose or loose spark plugs. Take your car to a certified mechanic or dealer.
  • A glitch in the power grid or charging system. Take your car to a certified mechanic or dealer.

Best Practices for Keeping Chargers in Optimal Health

To maintain your battery health and keep your chargers working in the best conditions, here are some steps to take:

  • Don’t just rely on the dashboard lights to know your charging status. Also, monitor via your vehicle’s infotainment system or by downloading your Chevy’s mobile app from your app store.
  • Always charge your vehicle up to 80–90%. Avoid exceeding 80% most times, especially when using DC fast charging.
  • Use a Level 1 charger for most of your charging needs.
  • Don’t charge your EV in hot environments, as it can damage battery cells and shorten the lifespan of the battery.
  • Avoid leaving your EV plugged in when it is about to complete charging.

Conclusion 

Understanding every light and sound signal on the Chevy Bolt light indicator is vital to enjoying the best experience. From the steady blue light to the blinking green light, these visual cues help you manage your charging process.

The steady yellow light also indicates problems with your charging connections, and you should deal with them promptly. Overall, with each light signal, you can confidently charge your EV and avoid any occasions that may jeopardize the health of your car.

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