Chevrolet Bolt EV

Full Electric
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The Chevrolet Bolt gives electric vehicle consumers what they've been waiting for - an EV with a good range, at a reasonable price.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

238miles (383 kms)

Battery

60kWh

Latest Model Year

2017

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$36,620

Performance

Top Speed93 mph
Acceleration6.5 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque266 lb-ft
Power149 kW

Charging

Home Charging*25 miles per hour of charge
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed90 miles of range in 30 minutes
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeCrossover
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity94.4 cu-ft
Cargo Capacity16.9 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Chevrolet Bolt EV Pros & Cons

When the Chevrolet Bolt launched at the end of 2016, it meant that people could finally buy an electric vehicle, with a decent range, for reasonable money.

The Bolt’s 238-mile (EPA) range, rivals electric vehicles which are nearly three times as expensive, like the Tesla Model S 75D.

Small But Roomy

Although the Bolt is marketed as a crossover, in reality, it fits somewhere between a compact-crossover and a compact-hatchback.

An interior passenger volume of 94.4 cubic feet and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo storage means the Bolt is more spacious than it looks.

Superior Battery Capacity

A 288-cell battery pack, holding 60kWh of charge, powers the Bolt.

It takes almost 10 hours to charge fully from empty when using a 240V, 32-amp Level 2 charger.

But using a fast charging port will give the Bolt a range of around 90 miles, after just 30 minutes of charging.

This large battery pack contributes to the Bolt’s 3,563-pound weight, which is pretty heavy for a car of its size.

Performant Engine

Although the Bolt is heavy, it’s not slow.

A top speed of 93 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds come courtesy of the Bolt’s 149kW (200bhp) electric motor. More impressive, however, is the Bolts 266 lb ft torque output, which is transferred to the road through the front wheels.

European Version

The Opel Ampera-E, which is basically the Bolt with an Opel badge, will be sold in Europe.

There won’t be any right-hand drive Ampera-Es or Bolts, which is a shame for about a third of the world because, all in all, they’re great EVs.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.chevrolet.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.