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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.
 

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Yes it does, but the "L" setting allows one-foot driving by applying regeneration when the accelerator is released. And I read that it can completely stop the Bolt EV on a level road. Regeneration is simply converting the traction motor to a generator so the EV momentum is converted back to electricity. It is up to 95% efficient. But the brake pedal also applies hydraulic pressure to the brake discs as in a conventional car when pressed hard.
 

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Considering how quickly the Bolt went from concept to production and how technologically advanced it seems to be, I can see how he would be frowning about it. It's a bit of a horse race right now, but if we fast forward 5 years or so, there will be better competition and more options.

Have to say that I never see Leafs though.
 

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Lol, he has the "aw crap" face.

As for the Leaf, didn't they have a sort of battery upgrade to increase the range to make it more competitive? Think it was before the Bolt was revealed. Even after the upgrade the Bolt was still beating it's range numbers. Nissan will have to overhaul the battery of the Leaf if they want t catch up.
 

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New forum member! Two questions:
1. GM is far ahead of Tesla's semi-autonomous system, but I still haven't heard anything if they will sell such option with Bolts. They have been testing Bolts with cruise automation for a long time. Has anyone contacted GM on when they will release semi autonomous Bolts to customers?

2. What is the capacity of the on board charger? At my work, we have Juicebox chargers at 10 kw. Can the Botl charge at 10 kw?
 

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The internal charger of the Bolt maxes out at 7.7 kW. Even though the Juicebox EVSE can provide 10 kw, the Bolt will only ever consume 7.7 kW.

Don't expect any semi-autonomous Bolts for years.
 

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Actually, GM seems to think they will have autonomous Bolts ready by the end of this year, but they may still not sell them to the general public, only to their partners for fleet use, at least to start with.
 

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Actually, GM seems to think they will have autonomous Bolts ready by the end of this year, but they may still not sell them to the general public, only to their partners for fleet use, at least to start with.
How would a fleet use autonomous cars at the end of this year? Surely, you don't think it will be legal for cars to be running around driverless anywhere in the US this year. Or any time in the next 5 years. If you legally need a driver anyway, autonomous capability would be a giant waste of money for the fleet owner. What kind of use are you thinking of here???
 

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New forum member! Two questions:
1. GM is far ahead of Tesla's semi-autonomous system, but I still haven't heard anything if they will sell such option with Bolts. They have been testing Bolts with cruise automation for a long time. Has anyone contacted GM on when they will release semi autonomous Bolts to customers?

2. What is the capacity of the on board charger? At my work, we have Juicebox chargers at 10 kw. Can the Botl charge at 10 kw?
do you have any evidence regarding your statement in #1 ? I work with several people in the automated car industry doing software and systems, and Tesla and Google are widely regarded as the farthest along on these systems with most of the major car makers behind in terms of actual systems that work. Only Audi has a credible pressence and that is via them leveraging work/staff from google…

I'd love to hear your reasons for this statement as it flys in the face of several public assessment from various car magazines and product demonstrations from the companies involved.
 
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