Chevy has used the North American International Auto Show to release performance specifications for the 2017 Bolt EV.
Chevrolet has used the North American International Auto Show to release performance specifications for the 2017 Bolt EV.
Originally unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Bolt features a 60 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that develops 200 horsepower and up to 266 lb-ft of torque. While that doesn't sound like much, it will enable the hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour in less than seven seconds, hit a top speed of 146 kilometres per hour and travel in excess of 300 kilometres on a single charge.
Speaking of the battery, it weighs 435 kilograms (960 pounds) and has a nickel-rich, lithium-ion chemistry that provides "improved thermal operating performance over other chemistries." The battery also comes standard with an 8-year/ 160,000 km limited warranty.
When the battery is depleted, owners can use the car's 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger. Chevrolet says this will provide customers with about 80 kilometres (50 miles) of range in less than two hours when connected to a 240 volt wall box. With the optional DC Fast Charger, owners can expect to receive 145 kilometres (90 miles) of range in just 30 minutes.
As with most other hybrid and electric vehicles, the Bolt has a regenerative braking system. However, this particular system is special as it allows for "one pedal driving." As Chevrolet explains, when drivers press and hold the Regen on Demand paddle they can bring the vehicle to a complete stop by simply lifting their foot off the accelerator. Chevrolet Bolt EV chief engineer Josh Tavel say this "boosts the thrill and uniqueness of EV driving."