CHEVROLET BOLT EV
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 ELECTRIC VEHICLE SPECS
CHEVROLET BOLT EV SALES
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CHEVROLET BOLT EV IN THE NEWS
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 carmaker standings, GM retained its lead with 2,776 units over Tesla’s 2,550 units with Ford taking third place with 1,704 units.
2016 Week 50 - First deliveries of the Bolt on Tesla's turf
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