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Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:45 am
by PV1
From Wikipedia:

Ordering began in California and Oregon in mid-October 2016. The first three Bolts were delivered in the San Francisco Bay Area on 13 December 2016. During its first month in the U.S. market, a total of 579 units were delivered. The national roll out is scheduled to begin in early 2017 in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia, and by mid-2017 is expected to be available nationwide.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:36 pm
by PV1
One in Hagerstown, MD, even if it is a test car :lol: .

Hagerstown Premium Outlets
http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/62526

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:55 pm
by pbui19
hello,

I have a photo of my iMiEV next to the BoltEV but can't seem to get it posted. I'll send it to Joes may be he can post.

We went to look/test drive a Bolt on NewYear and there was one available, ordered by somebody who decided to get a Volt instead. I put down a deposit on my credit card, when home and came back with some checks, then drove the Bolt home. I was planning to get one later in the spring, but this one was right there and it has CCS. The extra was the Orange Burst color and the silly rear cargo shelf.

I am on travel now so haven't driven it hardly, but my daughter just raves about it. The L shift mode is the no-creep and will bring the car to a complete stop. Couple the L and the on-demand regen paddle on the steering wheel, I hardly use the brake. I did confirm the brake lights go on when regen in L.

It doesn't look significant larger then the iMiEV on the outside and the rear 3-person seats is comfortable really for 2 regular size person. The ride is rough, similar to the iMiEV, and the interior is quite basic, again similar to the i. My wife's first phrase was "it's not as luxurious as the Volt". It is after all built as a crossover.

But you gota love that 200 miles plus range. My daughter has tried successful charging CCS.

Somebody out there needs to build a CCS <-> Chamedo adaptor ! as the VW's penalty for Dieselgate to install EVSE is going with CCS.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:58 am
by JoeS
Here are pbui19's photos:

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Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:54 am
by PV1
Nice color! 8-)

That's about what I expected, size-wise. I figured a tad wider and a bit longer, but about the same height.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:07 pm
by pbui19
unfortunately the shape and size gives the Bolt about the same Cd as our iMiev, around 0.3x or so. If GM put the same hardware into a Volt body and gives it a heatpump heater, it'll be a winner. The lower Volt's Cd, around 0.2x i think, probably can push the range north of 260-mile on the highway.

Slightly off topic, if Elon truly wants to advance the EV adoption, he ought to open up the Supercharging station to the public. Tesla vehicles can have the priority, and I wouldn't mind paying for the electricity. With the 200+ range, we can get some serious e-miles in.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:00 pm
by mdbuilder
Looks to be 2 or 3 feet longer from the pic, that is not significant?

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:51 pm
by JoeS
Bolt is 69.5"W (1765mm) and 164"L (4166mm) and weighs 3580.0# (1624kg)
i-MiEV is 62.4"W (1534mm) and 144.8"L (3678mm) and weighs 2579# (1170kg)

Bolt turning diameter is 35.4' (10,8m)
i-MiEV turning diameter is 30.8' (9,4m)

With a significantly larger and torquier motor, I must say that the extra 1000# (454kg) was not noticeable on the short test drive I took.

Edmunds.com is a good place to compare specs.

I personally would prefer a non-NA skinnier i-MiEV.

The Bolt does not feel like a large car.

Edit: added metric units

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:17 pm
by Phximiev

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:19 am
by Phximiev
Having seen pics of the Bolt interior and considering our family physiques, we would probably find the Bolt to be quite comfortable consistent with the opinion of others. However, anyone here have issues with the 'bolsters'?

http://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/viewto ... 983#p11983