|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||MPGe EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
|Premier Hatchback||Elec 60-kWh||FWD||1A||6.5 sec||15.0 sec @ 93 mph||128/110/96 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|Premier Hatchback||Elec 60-kWh||FWD||1A||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 93.1 mph||128/110/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|Premier Hatchback||Elec 60-kWh||FWD||1A||6.3 sec||14.9 sec @ 92.9 mph||128/110/121 MPGe||Motor Trend|
About Chevrolet Bolt EV
The electric car market is bigger than ever and the motoring giant GM from Detroit wanted a piece of the EV cake. The recipe for building a great EV is shown by Tesla, the car needs to be at least as fast as the gas power equivalent, reliable and have a 200+ miles range.
At the moment there are no inexpensive electric cars on the market, and Chevrolet wants to change that with their new Chevrolet Bolt EV a small electric car that was deemed Motor Trends car of the year
A Brief Glimpse at the History
Electric vehicles first appeared in the mid-19th century. An electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900. The high cost, low top speed, and short range of battery electric vehicles, compared to later internal combustion engine vehicles, led to a worldwide decline in their use; although electric vehicles have continued to be used in the form of electric trains and other niche uses.
With the 21st century the interest in electric and other alternative fuel vehicles has increased due to growing concern over the problems associated with hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles, including damage to the environment caused by their emissions.
Going through the specifications of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will show you how it stacks up against its EV rivals.
- Motor: Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor
- Steering: Electric Power Steering
- Braking System: Four-wheel power-assisted discs with ABS
- 0-60 time: 6.5 seconds
- Power: 200 hp
- Tourqe: 266 lb-ft
The Bolt EV is faster than expected with its 200 hp motor it is propelled to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds which is fast by anyones standard, the reason for the unexpected acceleration is the electric motor party piece, having full torque from 0 rpm. Having its battery pack in the floor gives the Bolt an incredibly low center of gravity and great handling for a crossover.
The Bolts EV brakes are not the only way of stopping, it has regenerative braking that is activated by a leaver on the steering wheel giving the Bolt EV much better stopping power than expected and also increasing battery life with using regenerative braking instead of just using normal brakes.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV gets an EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge, in the real world that is considerably less, “Car and driver” magazine got 102 miles per charge from the Bolt EV, that is considerably more than the Golf-e and the much more expensive BMW i3.
Chevrolet got such efficiency by fitting the Bolt EV with a 60 k Wh lithium-ion battery pack, GM also fitted the battery pack with thermal conditioning similar to their Chevrolet Volt system.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is fitted with traction-control, ABS and stability control as standard. Disc at all four corners combined with regenerative braking provide stopping power that’s more than adequate, also to help driver prevent an accident there is a Driver assistance package with forward-collision alert for pedestrian detection. The NHTSA has yet to test the Chevrolet Bolt EV for crash safety.
Comfort and Quality
The Chevrolet Bolt EV can be equipped with everything from Android auto and Apple play to WIFI and 4G connectivity. It is designed as a family crossover meaning there is lots of room in the cabin but the materials used aren’t quite as nice as expected for a car at this price category, but still there is something that other cars with better quality interiors in the small crossover segment have to do, and that’s to stop for fuel.
To learn more about Chevrolet Bolt, visit the official Chevrolet website.
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