NAIAS 2016: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt - Seven Seconds to Sixty

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
naias 2016 2017 chevrolet bolt seven seconds to sixty

After last week’s unveiling at CES, we were left with plenty of questions about the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. Answers came today, at least about its drivetrain.

Notably, GM mentions a low-speed driving mode that allows for single-pedal operation. This “Low” mode allows the driver to control regenerative braking with a paddle behind the steering wheel. This could be a game changer in stop-and-go traffic.

The standard drive mode allows for 0-60 mph times of seven seconds flat.

The 60-kWh battery pack, warranted for eight years or a hundred thousand miles, is mounted flat below the passenger floor, with 288 cells measuring less than four inches tall each. GM claims overnight charging will result in 200 miles of range, with 50 miles available after two hours on a 240V charger.

While the Bolt will manufactured at GM’s Orion Township plant near Detroit, the battery, motor, and drive system will be built in Incheon, South Korea, using technology from LG.

LG’s product placement team must have been sleeping on this release, however, as a Samsung phone is pictured behind the drive selection lever.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jan 11, 2016

    In related news, "A brutal new year selloff in oil markets deepened on Monday, with prices plunging more than 6 percent to new 12-year lows as further ructions in the Chinese stock market threatened to knock crude into the $20s." . .

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Jan 13, 2016

      @HotPotato Guess you could always use an adaptor, but I understand what you mean. Of course, that's one reason why I'm interested in what the Tesla Model 3 is going to look like. Then again, by the time they're ubiquitous, I'll probably not be driving any more. (I dread that time because I still enjoy driving.)

  • RideHeight RideHeight on Jan 11, 2016

    A foot-wide engineered blind spot at each rear corner? At least do the Cube's wrap-around window opposite the driver's side.

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    • RideHeight RideHeight on Jan 12, 2016

      @bumpy ii #foistedtechmatters

  • MelanieRichardson GOOD
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  • FreedMike The FJ Cruiser would be a better comeback candidate. The gang back at Toyota HQ must be looking at all those Broncos flying off Ford lots and kicking themselves.
  • Tassos 2015 was only 7 years ago. $58k is still a whole lot of $ to pay for a vehicle. FOrtunately one can buy a flagship vehicle with great active and passive safety for half this amount, if one does the SMART thing and buys a pre-owned luxury flagship vehicle. they have historically been SCREAMING BARGAINS. A breadvan on stilts SUV, wether the more compact Macan or the more bloated Cayenne will never pass as a Flagship Vehicle. No matter how well it drives or how reliable it suprisingly is. It still is a breadvan on stilts.
  • Sean Ohsee Bring back the 100 series and its I6 diesel.