I do believe that longer range is on the cards, which might have to be bigger, unless battery tech is improving fast enough to give as a bigger battery in a similar sized package. The Bolt EV is fast enough, as it is faster than most vehicles, so I hope the sports car is way in the future. Less efficient, yes, if its an SUV or mini-van, again, depending on battery technology. However, what use is a mini-van with less range than the Bolt? Its all about the battery.As I tell anybody who will listen; Buy a Bolt now. Everything after this will be bigger, faster, less efficient, more loaded :-(
Bound to be more expensive with a dual-motor. It would be a great competitor for Tesla, especially as we know GM nailed it with the incomparable Bolt EV with respect to almost everything including price.The truth is, a dual-motor Bolt EV is the one I wanted from the beginning, but I'm glad GM did this version of the Bolt EV first.
But now, a performance model is in order.
In general I agree but as I recall back when they offered both the dual motor Model S got a bit more range on the same size battery than the RWD models.As I tell anybody who will list; Buy a Bolt now. Everything after this will be bigger, faster, less efficient, more loaded with crap. :-(
Wow, didn't know it could go that high. Thought 150kW was the limit on the motors. Though, when I'm pushing my Bolt that hard, I'm typically unable to monitor the dash because of more pressing matters...like driving fast.Getting up to speed on the onramp today I saw 160 kw on the power meter. That would be over 210 HP. It will go around curves at way over the posted advisory speeds without a complaint from the stock tires. IMO, it's already an SS.
+1. It's so quiet when doing this even with the motor hum ramping up in frequency. Only thing that really gave me a warning was the increased weaving at speed at any switch of the steering wheel cause...I was going way past 60mph without realizing it.If I saw that number I'd probably get an aneurysm, yesterday I needed to pass someone on the freeway and got up to about 80 and I was like holy crap I need to slow down.
First, for propulsion there is just the one motor. [There are other motors — windows, pumps, fan, steering assist, wipers, etc.]Wow, didn't know it could go that high. Thought 150kW was the limit on the motors.
At least on paper, for purposes of EPA filing. In real life, not so much.In general I agree but as I recall back when they offered both the dual motor Model S got a bit more range on the same size battery than the RWD models.
I was also really interested in this topic, and did a lot of reading and asking around. If you dig deeper into the excellent articles this author writes including the EPA references he uses, you will see that there is in fact a range increase with the dual motor, but it does not seem to reach the percent increase as advertised, not at least in all scenarios. I think it probably has a lot to do with driving conditions and personal driving habits. The gearing between the front and rear motors is arranged so that the rear motor supplies most of the input at launch, while the front motor plays a bigger role at cruising speed. The energy savings, or range increase, are more evident if speed is kept below 70, you are not accelerating abruptly (i.e. passing), and you are not pushing headwinds.At least on paper, for purposes of EPA filing. In real life, not so much.