General Motors introduced the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV subcompact hatchback in 2016 for the 2017 model year. General Motors partnered with LG Chem of South Korea when designing and developing the concept for this car. Today, LG Chem manufactures the Bolt EV’s battery pack, electric motor, and drive unit, and the final assembly is done at GM’s Orion Assembly plant at Lake Orion, Michigan. The Bolt EV is still in its first generation. Since its introduction, it has stood out as one of the better all-electric cars on the market. This is evidenced by the fact that it won awards like the ‘2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year’ award and the ‘2017 North American Car of the Year’ award; it was also named an ‘Automobile Magazine 2017 All Star’.
GM Korea (formerly Daewoo Korea) started developing the Bolt EV in 2012 while collaborating with LG Chem and GM North America. The Bolt EV concept was unveiled to the public in January 2016 at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show and the production models started being delivered to Chevrolet dealerships by December of the same year.
When it entered the car market, the Chevy Bolt EV was touted as “an extraordinary EV for ordinary people”, the reasons for this billing being its outstanding EV range and its reasonable price. The Bolt EV offered an EPA-rated EV range of 238 miles at launch, which was double the range of most EVs at the time. Even today, the Bolt EV’s range (which has grown to 259 miles) is above that of most of the electric cars on the market. At launch, it was priced at $37,500 before incentives, which was low in comparison with the prices of other electric cars that offered comparably long EV ranges like the Tesla Model S.
Besides offering plenty of range, the Chevy Bolt EV also offers impressive performance. It is driven by an electric motor that delivers 200 hp (150 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 N-m) of torque at 0 rpm. This electric motor propels the Bolt EV from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, which is quick for a mainstream electric car.
Supplying the electric motor is a large lithium-ion 60-kWh battery that sits under the floor of the cabin. This battery is recharged when you plug in the car’s 7.2 kW onboard charging cable to an external power source. A 110-volt power outlet adds 3–5 miles of range per hour of charging, while a 240-volt power outlet adds 20–30 miles of range per hour of charging. When the car is equipped with a factory-installed 55 kW SAE Combo DC fast charging system, it can add up to 150 miles of range when hooked up to public charging station outlet.
Also worth noting is that the Chevy Bolt EV also offers a roomy interior with ample seating space for adults in both rows. Behind its rear seats, it offers 17 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be increased to over 50 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. In addition, the Chevy Bolt EV is well equipped. Its latest base LT model offers accessories like 17-inch alloy wheels, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, a keyless entry system with push-button start, automatic climate control, remote start, heated outside mirrors, an interior lighting system, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a MyLink infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, and much more.
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