Chevy Bolt EV Forum
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
GM resuscitates its electric-car dreams
Car and Driver
By Don Sherman
*Full Article at LinkJab the accelerator, and the Bolt makes good on its name. Chevy says it reaches 60 mph in less than seven seconds, which is quicker than every other pure electric we’ve tested except the BMW i3 and the Tesla Roadster, Model S, and Model X. That said, the seats of our pants suggest that seven seconds may be conservative. Right pedal down, this front-drive hatchback tears out of the hole and scratches for traction in bends. With 266 lb-ft of torque available at just above zero rpm and multiplied seven times by reduction gears, the Bolt has no difficulty going with the flow.
The Bolt’s 200-hp permanent-magnet AC motor has a hollow center so that one half-shaft can run straight from the differential to the right-front wheel. The 960-pound heated and cooled 60-kWh battery pack holds 288 cells in a 10-cubic-foot box that doubles as the Bolt’s floor.
According to Tavel, at least 40 miles of the Bolt’s 200-mile EPA-rated range (which we suspect is also a conservative claim) comes from regeneration, which necessitates recovering the maximum amount of energy during deceleration. Toward that end, there are four regenerative modes. The D shift-lever position stands for both drive and default. Those (like us) who prefer single-pedal electric-car driving will move the lever back a notch to the L position, significantly increasing regeneration down to zero mph.