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Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:24 pm
by jray3
So now it's out there, hopefully we will see some more interior photos soon. Besides the exterior package, the following interior description has me thinking it'll be i-like. Another article said it has a flat cargo floor. One shortcoming of the Spark is that the rear seats don't fold flat.
Bolt design chief Stuart Norris explains that his team designed the car from the inside out. By tucking the battery pack beneath the floor and packaging the driver and passenger seats with a harder back and less foam than conventional seats, the Bolt team created ample leg room in the two rear seats
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Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:28 pm
by PV1
The official site is up, too.

According to it, the Bolt charges at 25 miles per hour, which tells me it has a 6.6 kW on-board charger. A full charge takes 9 hours.

It's not a bad looking car, but the relatively anemic charger will put the Tesla Model 3 ahead. I feel the Bolt should have at least a 10 kW on-board charger.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:28 pm
by Phximiev
I like it and hope they sell a million of them.

This is exactly what the EV movement needs.

Mitsubishi succeeded to a degree with the iMiev and the Bolt, or something like it (Tesla 3?), is the next step.

I just hope that Mitsubishi continues with their EV efforts and, as to the iMiev, increases its range.

On the other hand, GM blew it with the EV1. They could have owned the entire EV market had they done it right and continued.

Let's hope they don't blow it again.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:29 am
by tigger19687
Anyone know how the battery pack is wired or specs for it ?
I can't seem to find it.

I would still wait for the Tesla 3, just for how the battery pack is wired alone.

I don't think anyone has as good a warranty for the battery as our 'i' does, except for Tesla and not sure what it will be on the 3

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:58 am
by PV1
I highly doubt those specs are available because Chevy probably isn't done finalizing the design of the battery.

Even though I like the practicalities of a small, 4-door hatchback, I will probably also gravitate towards the Model 3 because of faster charging and a better charging infrastructure.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:42 am
by sandange
I Like what I see from the latest photos /videos and reports on the Bolt.

Truly a second generation EV leap forward, most importantly in mass production and full distribution/availability
Bring it on

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:21 pm
by JoeS
Unambiguous similarity to our i-MiEV! Did I detect the charging port on the right rear fender? :D Love the paddle regen which just may make me pop down to a Chevy dealer for a test drive to see how that's implemented on the new Volt.

As much as I have a lifelong aversion to GM (for, among other things, their misdeeds when they destroyed this country's local rail infrastructure), this Bolt is exciting because the 200-mile range addresses the primary perceived concern of our mostly-innumerate population.

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:22 pm
by sandange
Just caught this Kool video that show the Bolt interior pretty well....

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:12 am
by Don
*like* it . . . . but since it doesn't really do anything for us that our iMiEV's cann't already do, I don't think I'll be running down to order one. Maybe by 2020 or so when our cars are on their last legs we'll find a good deal on a used one - Probably no where near as great a deal as we got when we bought the used 3,900 mile 2012, but . . . . we'll see!


Re: Chevy Bolt production version

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:25 am
by JoeS
I had a couple of hours to kill before a meeting yesterday afternoon so I made a 20-mile detour and dropped in on a huge Chevy/Cadillac dealership in Gilroy to have a look at the 2016 Volt as I'm really curious about their regen paddle which some of the commentary says is what's implemented on the Bolt.

Left my partially-disabled friend in the car but then cooled my heels for a few minutes while being totally ignored - I either don't fit their typical customer profile or else they saw me drive up in the i-MiEV. :? Anyway, when I finally connected with someone they said they didn't have one and that Volts sell out immediately after they get them and the next one was coming in three weeks and was already spoken for but I could see it then. I didn't bother engaging them in conversation about either the SparkEV or Bolt, nor to charge my car (the person graciously said I was welcome to do that), as I felt like a fish out of water in this showroom.

Although I could have used the DCQC near the dealership, I had no trouble making it to my meeting with two bars flashing at my final destination (having driven almost 60 miles) - avoiding the freeway for the last seven miles from the dealership to the meeting, with my passenger nervously sweating as I gleefully pointed out the almost-empty fuel gauge. It was going to be a long meeting and I had access to a dryer outlet there so it was a matter of emphasizing to him exactly why I wasn't at all worried as I had the RR consistently greater than the GPS distance-to-meeting location and we were on very level ground with no wind and didn't need the heater. After the meeting and dinner and almost-full (CaniOn said 95% SOC) recharge, I impressed the group by pre-heating the i-MiEV before taking off for home into that cold evening.

Which brings me back to the Bolt: the 200-mile range threshold was probably correctly identified by marketeers as necessary to overcome innumerate (love that word!) consumer resistance based on perception rather than reality. I really hope they're successful!