In January, Chevrolet unveiled its fully electric Bolt and then filled in a few gaps. One gap that was still remaining – save for an above 200 mi (433 km) promise – was range, but Chevy has now pinned that down to 238 mi (383 km) on a single charge.
That distance comes courtesy of a 60-kWh battery pack that will charge fully in nine hours via a 240-volt charging system. Alternatively, customers will be able to gain 90 mi (145 km) of range in half an hour using an optional DC fast-charger. To further assuage any anxieties about range, the Bolt EV's navigation system will take into consideration the location of charge points when calculating routes.
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To recap a few other details, a single motor will kick out 150 kW (200 hp) and 360 Nm (266 ft.lb) of torque and get the Bolt EV to 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in under seven seconds. A 102.4-in (2,601 mm) wheelbase coupled with a van-style roofline will help to accommodate five people, while folding seats and ample room in the trunk are also promised.
Inside, the car's infotainment system will be controlled via a 10.2-in touchscreen on the center console, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and split-screen functionality thrown in to boot. There'll be a built in Wi-Fi system, to which customers will get a three-month subscription included in the price of the vehicle, and it will be possible to check on the car's battery charge, turn on the air con and start the engine remotely using an accompanying mobile app.
The Bolt EV is scheduled to go on sale in the US later this year at a cost of around US$37,500, which is reduced to around $30,000 once a federal tax credit has been applied.Source: Chevrolet View gallery - 13 images