The Chevy Bolt made its formal debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and now at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show we are learning more about the internals. And by internals I mean what is powering the Bolt, a unique and average electric car that should come in at under $30,000 after rebates. It is not a Tesla, but it is not trying to be, this is an electric car that is fit for the average family, and one that many more people can afford.
Inside the Bolt, you will find a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has 288 lithium-ion cells, all-in-all it weighs in at 960-pounds. This battery pack is essentially the bottom of the car from the front to the back, a similar location to other electric cars as well. GM and Chevy are saying that the Bolt, on a full charge, will go for at least 200 miles, thus making it a long-range electric vehicle. There is a 7.2W onboard charger which will take power from a 240-V wall box, this is for regular overnight charging and can be recharged for around 50 miles in under two hours.
For a faster charge, the Chevy Bolt will support DC Fast Charging system using the standard SAE Combo connector, thus giving you 90 miles of use in just 30 minutes. Chevy is quick to not that power conditions and weather conditions, if charging outside, can affect the charging times of the vehicle.
In order to keep the car going and to provide you some extra juice, Chevy has developed a new regenerative braking system that has the ability to provide one pedal driving. This allows the vehicle too slow down and come to a complete stop without using the brake pedal in certain conditions. This means you can simply bring the Bolt to a complete stop by taking your foot off the accelerator when in “Low” mode, or by holding the Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel. By engaging this while driving, you won’t need to step on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle.