Introduced as a concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the Chevy Bolt EV was developed in record time by a close partnership between General Motors and battery maker LG Chem. The Korean company LG developed not only the 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, but also several other powertrain components—and the digital dashboard displays too.
From concept to assembly and now delivery, the Bolt EV has arrived with an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range per charge. This range is a multiple of most electric cars and puts the Bolt's range on par with Teslas costing at least twice as much. Not only can you go where you want, Bolt EV makes it fun to get there. Connectivity features include EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging stations if needed. The motor is capable of producing up to 266 lb.ft. of torque and 200hp. Combined with a 7.05:1 final drive ratio, that helps propel the Bolt EV from 0-60 mph in less than seven seconds. Chevrolet designers have excelled at maximizing interior space, which is 94.4 cubic feet, comparing to 92.4 cu.ft. for a Nissan Leaf and 94 cu.ft. for the much larger Tesla Model S. With 56.6 cu.ft. of cargo space, Bolt EV is engineered to provide more room. The EPA classifies the 2017 Bolt EV as a "small wagon," though some would call it a five-door hatchback. In Europe 2017 Chevy Bolt given the style considered as a "Multi-Purpose Vehicle" or small minivan.