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The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle unveiled in 2016 for release in 2017, is the first mass-market long-range electric vehicle.  Chevrolet rebadges the Bolt for the European market as the Opel Ampera-e. The battery, motor, and drive would be manufactured by LG in Korea. The vehicle now enters the exclusive club of electric vehicles with a range over 200 miles per charge, previously only claimed by Tesla and BYD. The Bolt will compete with the Tesla Model 3 as the first long range mass market EV.

The Chevrolet Bolt has a 60kWh Battery by LG-Chem (288 cells in, pouch type) composed of a Nickel-rich Lithium Chemistry allowing it to run at higher temperatures, thereby saving on the need for a cooling system that drains power and increases cost. The new battery has a different chemistry suited for a different charge cycle associated with longer ranges than the other Chevrolet models which need more frequent charging. At the time GM negotiated a record $145 per kWh for the batteries from LG Chem, a significant price drop from the going rate of batteries in 2016.





Chevrolet Bolt EV 2017 Battery Chemistry Nickel Lithium Battery Capacity kWh 60 Battery Nominal rating kWh Voltage V Amps Ah Cells Modules Weight (kg) 440 Cell Type Pouch Cooling Cycles Depth of Discharge (DOD) Energy Density Wh/kg Battery Manufacturer LG Chem Battery Warranty - years 8 Battery Warranty - miles 100000 Battery Electric Range - EPA Mi 238 Battery Electric Range - EPA km 380 Battery Electric Range - NEDC Mi Battery Electric Range - NEDC km Electric Top Speed - mph 91 Electric Top Speed - km/h 146 Acceleration 0 - 60mph sec 7 Onboard Charger 7.2 LV 1 Charge kW LV 1 Charge Time (Hours) LV 2 Charge kW LV 2 Charge Time (Hours) LV 3 CCS/Combo kW LV 3 Charge Time (min to 80%) 30 Charge Connector MPGe Combined - miles 119 MPGe Combined - km MPGe City - miles 128 MPGe City - km MPGe Highway - miles 110 MPGe Highway - km Max Power - hp 200 Max Power - kW 150 Max Torque - lb.ft 266 Max Torque - N.m 360 Drivetrain Electric Motor Rear Electric Motor Front Electric Motor Output Transmission Energy Consumption kWh/100km MSRP before incentives $37,495.00 Vehicle Doors 5 Seating 5 Dimensions GVWR (kg) Curb Weight (lbs) 3563 Payload Capacity (lbs) Towing Capacity (lbs) Wheelbase (inc) 102.4 Ground Clearance (inc) Lenght (inc) 164 Width (inc) 59.1 Height (inc) 62.9 Other Market Class Expected Deposit


Go to our detailed breakdown of Global EV Sales to see how the Chevrolet Bolt electric car strategy fares to its competitors in the fast-growing EV market.



2017 Week 37 - Production version of autonomous Bolt

General Motors and its subsidiary, Cruise Automation, unveiled a production-ready self-driving car based on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. Up to now, autonomous cars are all hand build, a process that can only produce a couple of hundred cars a year, but presenting a self-driving car that is based on a mass-market platform is a game changer for GM.

2017 Week 32 - Bolt outlast Model S in range test

Consumer Reports just published the results of its range test of the Chevrolet Bolt and came up with some surprising results.

While the Bolt is rated for 238 miles of driving by the EPA, the car exceeded that in the Consumer Reports test, squeezing out 12 more miles for a total of 250. That means the Bolt officially beats Tesla’s Model S, at least in this particular test. When CR tested the Model S 75D, it got 235 miles, compared to the EPA estimate of 259. This test may not be particularly telling but with the Tesla S costing double what the Chevy Bolt costs, some eyebrows could be raised at Tesla’s reliability when it comes to range.

2017 Week 24 - GM produces autonomous Bolt EV

GM announced this week that it completed the equipment of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its next generation of self-driving technology. The vehicles will be added to its fleet of 50 current generation Bolt EVs testing the autonomous technology on public roads in San Francisco Scottsdale and Detroit. The company reported that the new generation technology features GM’s latest array of equipment, including LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to accelerate development of a safe and reliable fully autonomous vehicle.


In related news the California DMV permitted self-driving truck start-up, TuSimple, to test its artificial intelligence (AI)-based Level 4 autonomous driving system on 420-miles of public roads from San Diego to Tucson in Arizona.

2017 Week 9 - USA February sales unpacked, Bolt sliding

February Electric Vehicle sales data released for the USA this week reveals some interesting talking points. Overall, February sales gained a further 13.4% in January 2017 and over 55% on year on year basis. Contributors to the increase came from a nearly doubling in sales of the Tesla Model S and continued demand for the new Toyota Prius Plus. Unfortunately, the Prius in our books hardly counts as an electric vehicle due to its underwhelming continued reliance on its combustion engine. Disappointingly, sales for the Chevrolet Bolt declined over 18% from January, bringing total sales for the four months to 3,272 units, far short if one takes that at a claimed 30,000 units per annum the Bolt should have sold 10,000 units during the four months. In the car maker standings, GM retained its lead with 2,776 units over Tesla’s 2,550 units with Ford taking third place with 1,704 units.

2017 Week 4 - Arnold Schwarzenegger's EV is no Chevrolet Bolt

Off-course it is expected when Arnold Schwarzenegger buys an electric vehicle it will not be a Chevy Bolt, but damn the man knows how to get what he wants. The movie star turned politician unveiled his converted Mercedes Galant Wagen in Austria recently. The Kriesel converted G-Wagen SUV sports an 80kWh battery pack producing 482hp which accelerates the vehicle from 0 – 60mph in 5.6 seconds with an 185-mile range (296km),

2016 Week 50 - First deliveries of the Bolt on Tesla's turf

Chevrolet Bolt delivered its first vehicle in Tesla’s hometown in a marketing ploy to bring home the point that it is the first automaker to commercially produce a battery electric vehicle with a range of over 200miles for under 30k after subsidies.

2016 Week 40 - Battery Supplier

1. Faraday Future has announced that it would use LG-Chem as its battery supplier. The agreement will be deeper than just a supply agreement, with LG-Chem and Farraday co-operating on the electric vehicle battery development in a similar fashion as Panasonic and Tesla. LG-Chem also supplied the batteries for the Chevrolet Bolt at a reported $145 per kWh, a record low price. LG-Chem has made some great strides in energy density through improved battery chemistries.

2016 Week 39 - Paris Auto Show

1. For the first time at an international auto show, electric vehicles took center stage at the Paris Auto Show this week, overshadowing new reports of Tesla autopilot crashes, refuted by the company. The prominence of electric vehicles at the show confirms the shift towards the segment. Most of the front runners in the segment were presented there and used the opportunity to unveil new models, such as the Opel Ampera-e, which is the Chevrolet Bolt badged for the European market. VW unveiled its ID concept vehicle and Renault the Trezor.


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