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Hey everyone. I just got my Bolt last week. I love it! I've been wanting an electric car since the Tesla Roadster prototype was shown. I've only driven the Roadster Sport in the past. Oh, I test drove a Leaf-- decided not to buy ;p

I'm very happy with the car overall. One thing that I am trying to solve is the tire slippage on takeoff. I bought this car to zip around and was surprised to see my wheels slipping the first time I jumped on my accelerator from a stop! I plan to get new tires, and perhaps bigger wheels when the weather dries out. Not sure if bigger wheels will fit or even make sense-- all stuff I will figure out soon.

Happy to find this community. :)

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Hey everyone. I just got my Bolt last week. I love it! I've been wanting an electric car since the Tesla Roadster prototype was shown. I've only driven the Roadster Sport in the past. Oh, I test drove a Leaf-- decided not to buy ;p

I'm very happy with the car overall. One thing that I am trying to solve is the tire slippage on takeoff. I bought this car to zip around and was surprised to see my wheels slipping the first time I jumped on my accelerator from a stop! I plan to get new tires, and perhaps bigger wheels when the weather dries out. Not sure if bigger wheels will fit or even make sense-- all stuff I will figure out soon.

Happy to find this community. :)

-EggRoll
Bay Area, California
Welcome! The wheel slip is a fact of life with the Bolt, but different tires will help launch a bit. However, these new tires will cut into your range. Wider tires will help as well as a little lower air pressure. The tires are slippery for a reason... to get to 238. The other unfortunate thing is, the Bolt is not available with a limited slip differential. Maybe in the future, or aftermarket mods?

Basically- if you want to make this car go faster, bigger motor, lower gear ratio, limited slip differential and shorter half shafts. Sadly it's not RWD. I really wish it was, but I understand Chevy's reasoning and don't disagree.
 

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Tesla owners are also experiencing the same thing and odds are if you were to look at other EV's this might be the case with them as well.
 

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Tesla owners are also experiencing the same thing and odds are if you were to look at other EV's this might be the case with them as well.
Yes, there is something about having all of the torque available at zero RPM. Gas cars don't have this issue. In addition, all EVs likely are using low rolling resistance tires to maximize range and efficiency. These tires are the complete opposite of what you want for drag racing. It does not surprise me that Tesla owners are finding this issue as well.
 
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