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Here Are More Specifics on the 2017 Bolt

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV commercial

When the Chevrolet Bolt was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we didn’t really get many specifics on the powertrain. GM CEO Mary Barra told us that the Bolt would make the (much promised) 200 miles of range with a flat, under-body-mounted battery, but that was about all.

Well, now we have more.

The Bolt’s electric motor is capable of producing 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, and is connected to the battery, which combines 288 lithium ion cells to create a 60 kWh battery pack. While Chevy hasn’t revealed how long it will take to charge from a normal outlet, from a 240V charger, Chevy said that “a typical commute of 50 miles can be recharged in less than two hours.” So, I suppose we can figure that means a full charge from empty in eight hours or so on a 240V outlet. Chevy has tweaked the design and chemistry of the cells compared to those in the Volt, in order to give the Bolt the ability the maintain peak performance over a wider variety of settings and drivers.

Another tweaked system in the Bolt’s regenerative brakes, which Chevy modified to provide more regenerative slowing while in “Low” mode or while holding the Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel. This, according to Chevy will help provide the EV enthusiast’s much-looked-for “one-pedal driving” experience.

Chevrolet will be marketing the Bolt as a CUV.

Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.