As we move through 2017, the automotive industry gets more and more exciting. Part of this is due to the fact that we are slowly moving closer to both fully electric and self-driving cars. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is of the electric variety and it will have plenty to offer. Here is what we know so far about this innovative vehicle.
Starting with the exterior, the new Bolt actually looks very modern and attractive. In years past, people didn’t want to drive electric or hybrid vehicles because they were designed similar to funky concepts. The Chevrolet Bolt, however, is changing this mindset.
When it comes to Bolt, most people want to know about how efficient it is to drive a fully electric vehicle . The Bolt will get an EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge. With the average daily commute for work at 40 miles per day, drivers have the possibility of going up to three or four days on each charge.
If you’re interested in saving yourself some money on gas while driving a car that’s incredibly environmentally friendly, look no further than the new Chevrolet Bolt.
To learn more, feel free to contact our staff at Bill Walsh GM Superstore. We would love to hear from you and discuss this inspiring new vehicle!
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is already breaking new ground in the world of electric vehicles. Now the automaker has announced that the need for braking in the city will be reduced thanks to the Chevy Bolt regen paddle.
The Regen on Demand paddle, or regenerative braking paddle, will let the driver access increased levels of regenerative braking. This is a feature that collects the energy produced when friction is used to slow the car down and uses the energy to recharge the battery of an electric or hybrid vehicle. Regenerative braking gives cars better battery range in the city because brakes are used more often.
The Bolt driver can toggle the regen paddle to avoid braking altogether, according to Chevy. By reducing your use of the brake pedal and increasing use of regenerative braking, you can boost your battery range by up to 5%. Chevy says that you can improve range even more by putting the Bolt in low gear while engaging the paddle. The paddle will also be available on the new Chevy Volt.
The Bolt’s 60-kWh battery and electric motor will produce 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque and will have a range of at least 200 miles. Sales for the Bolt will begin sometime this year.
According to a report by Reuters, two supplier sources have come forward, making public GM’s plans to begin producing the all-electric Chevy Bolt concept car it unveiled at the North American International Auto Show last month.
The auto giant plans to begin building the electric car for production in October of 2016 at an “under-used small car plant just north of Detroit.” The Bolt is Chevy’s all-new, extended-range electric vehicle, designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3 (planned for 2017). At just $30,000, the affordable Bolt is sure to attract drivers ready to go electric.
According to the source, GM’s production target is currently 25,000 to 30,000 units per year. Though not aggressive, that’s more than the Chevy Volt (Chevy’s plug-in electric hybrid) sold last year. To make clear the difference in the two vehicles, the Volt is priced at about $35,000 and uses a gas engine to increase driving range. The Bolt would not only be more affordable, but would not use gas at all.
Here at Bill Walsh Chevrolet, we can’t wait for Chevy Bolt production to get underway—though, if we had any say, we’d suggest Chevy seriously consider changing the production version’s name. Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure two similar cars with the names “Volt” and “Bolt” will only cause confusion. What do you think Chevy should call the production Bolt? Submit your vote in the comments!