The worldwide introduction took place last week during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but the Chevrolet Bolt saved some goodies for the regular auto presentation in Detroit.
The mass-market brand of General Motors has delivered the Bolt EV production version to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit complete with the crucial performance specifications of the 2017 model year version. The Bolt EV – treated as the first mass-market electric car with a long range – has a 60 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that churns out a respectable power – 200 horsepower and up to 266 pound-feet of torque. This will suffice for the five-door compact hatchback to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in under seven seconds and top out at 91 mph – with that single charge worthy of more than 200 miles of range.
According to the automaker, the battery, tipping the scales at 960 pounds, comes with a nickel-rich lithium-ion chemistry for “improved thermal operating performance over other chemistries” and has an 8-year/ 100,000 miles limited warranty. The car’s own 7.2 kW onboard charger can deliver a range of around 50 miles within two hours if connected to a 240 volt wall box. There’s also an optional DC Fast Charger, which can hook up 90 miles of range in around 30 minutes. Also new for the model is the “one pedal driving” regenerative braking system which Chevrolet says it can bring the vehicle to a complete stop by simply lifting the foot off the accelerator pedal if the driver presses and holds the Regen on Demand paddle.