One week after it debuted at CES, Chevy brought the Bolt along to Detroit along with new details!
“We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” said Stuart Norris, managing director of design. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.”
We already knew Chevrolet would sell you one for $37,500 before government rebates are applied. We also knew it would go 200 miles or maybe more on a single charge.
As for new information, the Bolt is motivated by a single electric motor kicking out 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of twist. Chevy says that should be good for 60 in sub 7 seconds.
Powering that motor is a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, weighing in at nearly 1000 lbs. It's expected that with a 240-watt charger the Bolt can fully recharge in 9 hours time, or in terms of range 25 miles per hour of charging. Although using a DC Fast Charger should net 90 miles of range in a half hour.
The battery is covered under warranty for 8 years/100,000 miles.
One of the coolest features about the new Bolt is its trick regenerative braking. Owners will actually be able to stop the vehicle in most circumstances without using the brakes. By switching on Low mode or holding the Regen on Demand paddle behind the steering wheel, the car will slow itself, recovering energy in the process. How much can be gained remains unclear.
Look for the Bolt to begin hitting dealers late in the year.