Chevrolet Bolt has become today an affordable electric vehicle that provides a decent range, which is enough for the city, but also for short trips outside the city.
2017 Chevy Bolt EV is already available in California for a retail price under $37,500 (without incentives), even if the car comes with an electric motor that produces 200 HP and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in under 7 seconds.
Using the 60 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, the new Chevy Bolt provides an estimated range of 238 miles (380 km) on a single charge, which is better than the range provided by Tesla Model 3 (215 miles).
The car weighs about 3,500 lbs, but even so, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt can accelerate quite fast due to the fact that the engine produces 266 lb-ft of torque.
GM says that the one-pedal driving technology combines the highest available level of regenerative braking, which allows the driver to capture the energy that is usually lost during deceleration.
During regenerative braking, the recovered energy is sent to the battery pack to improve the range of the vehicle.
Four driver-selectable modes are available:
The first mode comes with the lowest level of regen braking, and requires the use of the brake pedal in order to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
The modes 2 to 4 are progressively increasing the level of regen braking, and allow the driver to completely stop the vehicle without using the brake pedal.
The one-pedal driving mode does not completely eliminate the need to use the brake pedal during an emergency stop.
GM engineers studied the one-pedal driving mode and the regen braking in different driving conditions (heavy stop-and-go traffic), and found that one-pedal driving can increase the range of the Chevy Bolt EV by up to 5%.
2017 Chevy Bolt is available now in California for a price starting under $30,000 after federal tax credit, and by the end of the year will be available in the rest of the U.S.
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