North American International Auto Show 2016: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Chevrolet introduced its first fully electric production vehicle — the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

What Is It?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is Chevy’s first production fully electric car, if you don’t count the EV1. The Volt has a traditional internal combustion engine to get you home if you run out of range in the electric motor, but the Bolt EV is fully electric powered.


Its electric motor  is good for 266 lb.-ft. of torque and 200 hp. The 7.05:1 final drive ratio gets the Bolt EV, t0 60 mph in less than seven seconds.

The 60 kWh battery pack has 288 lithium ion cells, and comes in at 960 pounds, and it’s covered by an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty. Range is pegged at 200 miles, and a typical 50 mile commute can be recharged in less than two hours.

What is Chevrolet Saying?

“Being the leader in range and affordability means nothing if the car isn’t going to excite you each time you get behind the wheel,” said Josh Tavel, Chevrolet Bolt EV chief engineer.


“That’s why the team was tasked with delivering a propulsion system that would also make the Bolt EV an electric vehicle that owners would love to drive.”

When Does It Go On Sale?
No official on sale date was announced, but the Bolt EV goes into production late in 2016.


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