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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.

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  • Stop Iphaggotry

    When GM builds a new technology vehicle do not be excited. Be afraid.

    If you are even thinking of considering this then you are the next fool that GM is looking for. One must look at the legacy of Chevrolet- and GM as a whole. Products like the Corvair- they couldn’t even copy an archiac (even at the time) VW design. The Vega- it wasn’t as if they didn’t know how to build a small car as they built Opels. You would have thought they would have learned their lesson with that, but no. They turned around and gave us the Citation. Diesel engine cars that used a gasoline engine as a foundation. The 4-6-8 engine. Their “European import fighter”- A Cavalier with a Cadillac badge.

    Every one of their technology breakthroughs have been $hit. Stinking piles of it. Worse is they can’t even master building a bland cookie cutter.

    You see, all those small repair shops all over the nation that exist and give Mexican immigrants jobs- they exist just because of GM cars. Water pumps. Starters. Plastic Intake manifold gaskets. Right after the warranty goes out. The guys can do them blindfolded because they see them daily.

    GM has been playing their customers for fools for over 50 years. There is no product development engineers at GM- the customers are the product development engineers- GM’s history is of building $hit$tains. There’s a reason why they went bankrupt