2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt
2017 Chevrolet Bolt attitude very much pleasing, offers plenty for passengers, their stuff, battery powered 200 mile range, clocks 6.9 seconds to reach zero to 60 mph quicker than other electric except BMW i3 and Tesla Model S and X. Equipped with permanent magnet synchronous AC able to produce 200 horsepower and and 266 lb-ft of torque paired with single speed direct drive transmission. Torque steer seems getting low with 200 hp motor's output.

Body roll is well maintained and kept within check, provides firm ride during quick maneuvering without experiencing any harshness. Weighing 3600 pounds of which more than 55 percent of load is carried by front tires. Electrically assisted steering provides quick response and balancely weighted. 960 pounds heated and cooled 60 kWh battery gains 288 cells in 10 cubic feet box at Bolt's floor. Prismatic cells inside 10 modules are kept under rear seats. Road puncture is avoided with cooling plates, steel bottom and five support cross members. D shift lever position is for drive and default, maximum amount of energy recovery happens during deceleration. Behind the steering wheel’s left spoke, there’s a paddle to goose regen another notch higher in both the D and L positions.

There is little bit of crossover in 2017 Bolt, all wheel drive might be offered at launch. Ample space available, 17 cubic feet cargo and 94 cubic feet for passengers. Front seat is with horizontal slide, rear provides ample legroom and center armrest. Flat panel at front can be removed and mounted at an angle. 10.2 inch configurable touchscreen at center, 8 inch electronic cluster behind steering wheel provides vehicle information, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation system, automatic climate control.

SAE Combo DC charge is able to add 90 miles within 30 minutes, while at home it takes nine hours for full. We see Chevrolet to face charging location issues as easily provided by Tesla. Price is expected around $37,500 and we see difficulty Chevrolet taking on Tesla empire.

Starting Price $37,500
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front motor, front wheel drive
Engine permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Transmission 1-speed direct drive
Horsepower 200 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft
Wheelbase 102.4 in
Length 164 in
Width 69.5 in
Height 62.8 in
Curb weight 3600 lb
Passenger volume 94 cu ft
Cargo volume 17 cu ft
0-60 mph 6.9 secs.
Top speed 91 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 105/95 MPGe
Pros ample cargo and passenger space, cheapest 200 mile electric
Cons not a crossover