Chevy Bolt Details Begin To Emerge

Last week at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show, General Motors put its all new Chevy Bolt center stage, where it focused on its electronic features. But it didn’t tell us much about the the mechanicals that make the car go. Now, Chevy has posted a new YouTube video about the car and released more information about what makes its battery and powertrain.

The Chevy Bolt will have a 60 kWh battery with with 288 cells, reports Ecomento. The finished battery pack stretches from just behind the front wheels all the wa to the rear wheel wheels. It weights 960 lb and uses thermal cooling similar to that found on the Chevy Volt. The battery is covered by an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty.

The car has a standard 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger capable of adding 50 miles of range in two hours. An optional Combined Charging Standard (CSS) DC fast charging system can add 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes.

2017 Chevy Bolt chassis

The motor in the Bolt is rated a 200 horsepower with 266 lb-ft of torque. Both numbers are considerably higher than those in equivalent sized Chevrolet products. The Chevy Cruze, for example, which is a larger car than the Bolt, has a turbocharged four cylinder engine rated at 153 horsepower. The Chevy Sonic engine is rated at 128 horsepower. Not surprisingly, the Bolt will beat both of them to 60 mph, a feat it accomplishes in under 7 seconds.

The battery and most of the electronics for the Chevy Bolt are manufactured for Chevrolet by LG Chem. The car itself will be assembled at Chevrolet’s Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan.

New details about the interior of the car are coming to light as well. Ride along with Josh Tavel, chief EV engineer for Chevrolet as he explains more about the 80 degree rear view mirror that makes the Bolt feel roomy inside, driver selectable regenerative braking, and the programmable 10.2″ touchscreen that allows the owner to decide what information gets displayed. The video was posted online by Slash

The Bolt is a completely new car on a completely new platform. Chevrolet has re-imagined almost everything about driving an electric car to give the Bolt maximum value for the money.

Steve Hanley

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