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    Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

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    2017 Chevrolet Bolt
    GM resuscitates its electric-car dreams
    Car and Driver
    By Don Sherman
    Aug 2016



    Jab 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.
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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    It's an appliance first, but nice to read that GM didn't skimp on its performance capabilities.

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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    Hopefully this can gain some traction in the market..... see what I did there?...

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    Quite the positive review. I'm glad for GM. Now let's see if the sales materialize. Are people in this segment EV buyers, or are they Tesla buyers? That's the question we will have answered 2-3 months after the Bolt goes on sale.

    My Volt ranks right up there as one of the most fun cars I've owned. This is from someone who had a 425hp LS2 GTO.

    A factory installed hitch for a bike rack would be a nice option here. GM made it very difficult to add a hitch on the Volt.

    I still feel Bolt and Volt are too similar in size and function. Something larger is needed.
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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    It does highlight the importance of brand and the identity politics of cars, i.e. if the Bolt had a Tesla badge it would have 100k pre-orders.

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    When we will replace the Ford Focus (2009) my wife used daily, we'll probably buy an electric car. We have to change house to have the ability to recharge the car at home.

    The journey of my wife is about 25 km (16 miles) and can recharge at her workplace. I am within 3 km from my work. Usually I take my bike and I walk to work. Except when it rains.

    Our other option is to get rid of the Focus and Dodge Grand Caravan to buy a vehicle like the Volt, the Ford C-Max Energi or the Chrysler Pacifica.

    In a few years we will use very little gasoline. Electricity is cheap here ($ 0.08 kWh) and comes from renewable sources.

    All that to say that Bolt will be considered.

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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    I think it is one of GM's more attractive products. I hope it lives up to the hype and performs as promised. It would be a good choice for normal use but one would need another conventionally powered vehicle for trips or the availability for an occasional rental for traveling. It would do what I need to do except for 3 or 4 times per year when I would need to rent a vehicle. I am fortunate enough to have a garage and a 400 amp electrical service.
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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    Now put the same system in the upcoming Equinox twins, then you'll see electrification start to catch on.
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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    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.
    GM has been saying the Blot will have a minimum 200mi range. It's a good bet that GM is planning on surprising with a 250+ range.

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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Hopefully this can gain some traction in the market..... see what I did there?...
    I did see what you did there.....

    Though seriously, I'm not expecting big volume for this, or at least initially. I suspect the goal is for this to become a city car or a Uber car, etc. and will take a little while to build a market. But the good thing is GM is at the ground floor of this new market.

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    The journey of my wife is about 25 km (16 miles) and can recharge at her workplace.
    I have the exact same commute as your wife, 16 miles each way. No charging at work. The commute is about 80% highway at speeds around 70mph, and the rest is city.

    Except for the very coldest days of Jan/Feb, I can do my entire commute without burning gas.

    Don't know where you're located, but most likely, a new Volt would be 99% gas free for your wife and she'd be thrilled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by briandors View Post
    I have the exact same commute as your wife, 16 miles each way. No charging at work. The commute is about 80% highway at speeds around 70mph, and the rest is city.

    Except for the very coldest days of Jan/Feb, I can do my entire commute without burning gas.

    Don't know where you're located, but most likely, a new Volt would be 99% gas free for your wife and she'd be thrilled.
    If we keep the 2 cars lifestyle, I don't need the gasoline engine in the Volt.

    But yes, the Volt could be perfect for her if we go for just one car. Frankly, I don't drive the Caravan enought (5900 miles last years). The brakes are rusting.

    I'm in Montreal (and sorry for my poor grammar, English is the third language I've learned).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    GM has been saying the Blot will have a minimum 200mi range. It's a good bet that GM is planning on surprising with a 250+ range.
    That's what I'm thinking, although if it came in a 225-30 miles range that would still be impressive.

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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    I bigger version of this platform, (with AWD as an option) could be a great starting point for a really compelling Cadillac four door coupe or CUV.

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    Re: Nuts About Bolt: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Driven!

    Volt Tec should be available in every car and SUV.
    Straights are for fast cars, corners are for fast drivers.

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