The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an all-electric five-door subcompact hatchback with front-wheel drive. It’s manufactured by General Motors (GM) in partnership with LG Corporation, which specializes in electronics products. The Chevy Bolt EV entered production in the United States in November 2016 for the 2017 model year. The European variant is badged as the Opel Ampera-e, which began production in February 2017. The Bolt EV has won the following awards for its innovations, which are primarily related to its ecological friendliness:
• Automobile Magazine 2017 All Star
• 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year
• Automobile Magazine 2017 All Star
• Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of 2016
The Bolt has an especially long range for an electric vehicle, allowing you to drive to cities like Austin without recharging. Visit Gunn Chevrolet
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Chevy Bolt Fuel Economy and Driving Range
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses a five-cycle test methodology to test the fuel economy of an EV. This methodology rates the Bolt’s fuel economy
at 128 miles per gallon equivalent (mpg-e) in the city and 110 mpg-e on the highway, with a combined fuel economy of 119 mpg-e. The EPA’s driving range for the Bolt is 255 miles in the city, 217 miles on the highway and 238 miles combined. However, these figures are very conservative to account for the possibility of steep grades, so the Bolt will typically travel significantly further on a single charge under normal road conditions.
Design of the Chevrolet Bolt
GM’s Korea studio began designing a new platform for the Bolt in 2012. This platform isn’t mechanically related to the GM Gamma platform
used by other GM B-segment sized cars such the Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Spark and Opel Corsa. The Bolt has a passenger volume of 94 cubic feet and cargo space of 16 cubic feet. The EPA classifies it as a small station wagon since it’s a hatchback with a passenger volume of less than 130 cubic feet. GM describes the Bolt as a crossover vehicle.
Innovative features of the Bolt include the driver’s ability adjust the regenerative braking that normally occurs when releasing the accelerator pedal. The front seats of the Bolt are asymmetrical by design, which allows the Bolt to accommodate air bags while maximizing cabin volume. GM also began providing “over-the-air” software updates for the Bolt’s computer systems in 2017, which eliminates the need to take it to a service station to update the software. Other unusual features of the Bolt’s design include all-aluminum doors, hood and tailgate.
The Bolt has a gross vehicle weight of 3,580 pounds, with a center of gravity that's less than 21 inches, which gives the Bolt surprisingly good handling when cornering. This low center of gravity is primarily due to the battery pack being mounted under the floor. Bolt also has a low-drag design that’s characterized by sweeping curves leading to an abrupt back end. The drag coefficient of the Bolt is 0.308.
Drivetrain and Performance
The electric motor in the 2017 Bolt produces 200 horsepower (hp) and 266 pound-feet (lb⋅ft) of torque. The Bolt’s accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.8 seconds, and its top speed is 91 mph. The acceleration of the electric motor is much more linear than a gasoline engine.
The Bolt uses standard friction brakes in the D braking mode, which is a unique feature for an EV. This braking method brings the Bolt to a complete stop from 60 mph in 116 feet. The L braking mode activates regenerative braking when the driver releases the accelerator, which improves the Bolt’s driving range. Squeezing the left-hand paddle on the steering wheel increases the degree of regenerative braking.
The motor of the Bolt is integrated with a single-speed transmission connected directly to the front axels. This transmission never shifts gears, providing a completely smooth acceleration. The final drive ratio
of the drivetrain is 7.05:1.
The 2017 Bolt response smoothly to minor steering adjustments, providing good feedback as the degree of turning increases. Its handling on curves has a well-coordinated, nimble feel that’s less nose heavy than similar cars with a gasoline engine. The Bolt’s steering is also stable when driving straight, so it doesn’t require a lot of the driver’s attention on the highway.
The cabin of the Chevy Bolt is extremely quiet, like all EVs. This is primarily due to the lack of an engine, which means the Bolt also has no accessory drive belts to contribute to cabin noise. The absence of shifting is another reason the Bolt is so quiet. The Bolt also provides a smooth, steady ride at highway speeds, due to its ability to absorb minor bumps.
The tires on the Bolt are self-sealing, meaning their interior surface is coated with a sticky compound that automatically seals small leaks. It’s also equipped with a portable inflator kit and a tire pressure monitoring system that informs the driver of leaks. The Bolt doesn’t come with a spare tire, although some owners store a compatible undersized tire under the rear hatchback cargo deck.
Battery of the Chevy Bolt
An EV like the Chevy Bolt requires a battery
with a different type of chemistry than the ones used by hybrid vehicles, which are powered by both a battery and an internal combustion engine. The engine in a hybrid vehicle can take over when the charge in the battery drops below a certain level, which isn’t possible in an EV. The Bolt’s battery must therefore power the vehicle by itself for longer than a hybrid’s battery. The Bolt’s battery has a nickel-rich lithium-ion chemistry, which allows the battery to operate at a higher temperature than the traditional lithium-ion batteries used by hybrid vehicles. This capability reduces the need for an external cooling system, which can be extensive on a hybrid vehicle.
The Bolt’s battery weighs 960 pounds and is composed of 288 flat cells that are similar in shape to the ones used in other GM vehicles. These cells are bundled into groups of three, which are connected in parallel. Each of the 96 groups in the battery are then connected to each other in series. The Bolt’s battery is rated at 160 kilowatts (kW) of power, and the motor can use a maximum of 150 kW. These specifications mean that the power output of the Bolt motor isn’t limited by its battery. The manufacturer’s warranty on the battery is eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The Bolt accepts Level 1 and Level 2 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) EV charging plugs for daily use. Level 3 charging is also supported as a factory option with the SAE Combo DC system, which is available for all trim levels of the 2017. Each Bolt has a portable Level 1 charging adapter as a standard feature, which is stored in a compartment under the floor.
A level 1 charger has 110 volts of alternating current, which adds one kW of power to the battery per hour of charging time, equivalent to about 4 miles of range. A level 2 charger has 240 volts of alternating current, which adds 7.2 kW of power to the battery per hour of charging time, or about 25 miles or range. This type of charger will completely recharge the Bolt’s battery in about 9.3 hours. Level 3 charging adds 80 kW to the battery per hour or charging, or 180 miles of range. This level of charging is typically limited to 80 percent of the battery’s maximum capacity to avoid damaging the battery.
Call us at (210) 941-4978 to request a quote on a Chevy Bolt or schedule an appointment for a test drive at Gunn Chevrolet in Selma. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all of your questions and help you find the vehicle for your needs. You can also take a Virtual Test Drive
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2017 Bolt EV LT Trim
The LT trim is the base trim level for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Exterior features for this trim level include 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, xenon headlights, LED running lights, and keyless entry and ignition. Interior features for the LT trim include cloth upholstery, height-adjustable front seats, 60/40 folding rear seats, configurable gauge display and automatic climate control. Infotainment features of the LT trim include the following:
• 10.2-inch touchscreen
• Six-speaker sound system with two USB ports
• Apple CarPlay
• Android Auto
The Comfort and Convenience package is also available as an option for the LT trim, which includes heated front seats, heated steering wheel wrapped in leather and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Driver Confidence I package includes blind-spot monitoring, rear parking systems and rear cross-traffic alert. A cargo area floor cover that adds extra storage is also available as a standalone option for the LT trim.
2017 Bolt EV Premier Trim
The Premier is the top trim level for the 2017 Bolt EV and contains all of the features of the LT trim unless otherwise noted. The exterior features of this trim include a camera-based rearview mirror, top-down parking system and cargo roof rails. Interior features of this trim include leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ambient interior lighting and a center rear armrest.
The Infotainment package for the Premier trim upgrades the standard sound system to a seven-speaker Bose system. It also adds wireless smartphone charging and two charging USB ports for passengers in the rear seat. The Driver Confidence II package adds the following features to the Premier trim:
• Forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection
• Lane departure warning and intervention system
• Automatic high-beam headlamp dimming
• Low-speed automatic emergency braking
The 2017 Bolt is easy to enter and exit, since all four doors open wide. The tall roof line all the way to the rear hatch makes bigger than it looks from the outside. This design ensures that taller passengers will have plenty of head and leg room in the both the front and rear seats. The default setting on the height-adjustable seats is suitable for medium-size passengers, but they can also accommodate taller passengers without difficulty after making the necessary adjustments. Most drivers will be able to easily settle in behind the wheel due to the telescopic steering wheel’s wide adjustment range.
The controls on the 2017 Bolt are functional and easy to understand. They’re logically arranged and grouped by function, allowing you to easily locate the one you want. For example, the volume knob and tuning buttons are located just below the touch screen. The instrument panel has three configurations, allowing drivers great flexibility with their displays.
The Bolt has good visibility, due in part to the peekaboo windows in front that allow the driver to see past the roof pillars. The low side windows also allow the driver to easily see to the sides. The Bolt has a small rear blind spot, and the rearview mirror provides good coverage.
The climate control buttons in the Bolt are also easy to locate and use. The cabin warms up quickly because the electric heaters don’t need to wait for the engine to warm up. The Bolt can also be preheated without impacting its range if it’s plugged in. You can also increase your range in the Bolt Premier by relying on the heated seats rather than the climate control.
The following exterior colors are available for both trim levels of the 2017 Bolt at no extra charge:
• Arctic Blue Metallic
• Cajun Red Tintcoat
• Kinetic Blue Metallic
• Orange Burst Metallic
• Mosaic Black Metallic
• Nightfall Gray Metallic
• Silver Ice Metallic
• Summit White
The maximum height of the Bolt is 62.8 inches, which is tall for a hatchback. The length of the 2017 Bolt is 164 inches, and its width is 69.5 inches. These proportions are similar to other compact hatchbacks.
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