Chevrolet’s New Bolt Earning Top Praise
The all new Chevrolet Bolt is barely in dealerships and already it has racked up several industry awards. The Bolt has been named the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2017 North American Car of the Year, the 2017 Green Car of the Year, awarded by Green Car Journal and one of Car And Driver’s Top 10 Vehicles for 2017.
The Bolt is Chevrolet’s all-electric vehicle, not to be confused with the Volt - which also relies on a gas engine. The Bolt gets an estimated 238 miles per charge, according to www.chevrolet.com. That means a 40 mile - round trip - commute can be done three to four days without needing a charge.
The vehicle runs off a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery technology. According to Chevrolet, the battery chemistry enhances heat resistance, allowing the battery to tolerate heat before using power to cool it down. And an active thermal management system helps manage the battery temperature in extremely hot and cold weather conditions. The battery pack has an energy capacity of 60 kWh and Bolt comes with a 100,000 mile or 8-year warranty.
Options are available to speed up charging time. These include an available 240-Volt / 32-Amp charging unit that offers about 25 miles per hour of charge time and a DC Fast Charging unit that gives about 90 miles in about 30 minutes of charge time.
The Bolt’s digital screens show drivers real-time information such as your battery levels, range estimation, charge settings and climate controls.
And safety hasn’t been forgotten. The Bolt has a rear camera mirror, lane departure warning, surround vision, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert and forward collision alert.