Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV Battery and Drivetrain Set Benchmark

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV Battery and Drivetrain Set Benchmark

DURAND, Mich. –– The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV made a big splash in the electronic vehicle market with its debut at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last week. The Chevy Bolt EV's battery and drivetrain set a benchmark for the EV future.

The well-touted, selling factor of the Bolt EV is the long range GM-estimated distance of 200 miles. Engineers designed the propulsion system to deliver a sporty, sedan-like, tuned driving experience. The Chevy Bolt truly raises the bar in EV driving.

The Bolt uses a single high capacity electric motor to propel the vehicle like most other EV's on the road, but it has a quiet motor and different gear configuration that separate it from the rest. The 200-mile estimated drive range is thanks to the offset gear and shaft configuration. The motor can produce up to 266 lb-ft of torque and 200 hp of motoring power, which can take the Bolt from 0–60 mph in less than seven seconds.

Chevrolet's first Electronic Precision Shift system controls the power delivery in the Bolt EV. The shift and park-by-wire system makes for a more precise feel and delivery of power and torque. This system also takes up less space, meaning more interior space and a better interior layout.

At the heart of this EV is its battery. With the EV experience of the Chevy Volt, battery engineers and partner LG Electronics developed a new cell and battery pack that offers the extensive driving range of 200 miles. The specs include: a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack, 288 lithium ion cells, all of which weighs 960 pounds. The battery pack spans the entire floor of the vehicle and uses active thermal conditioning, like the Chevy Volt, to keep it operating at optimum levels in whatever climate it drives in.

“You usually have a battery cell that delivers either the desired levels of energy or power, but not traditionally both. With this cell design and chemistry we were able to deliver a battery system with 160 kilowatts of peak power and 60 kilowatts hours of energy,” said Gregory Smith, Bolt EV battery pack engineering group manager.

The Bolt has the ability to charge for a 50-mile commute in less than two hours. Using the optional DC Fast Charging system the Bolt can be charged in 30 minutes for up to 90 miles of range. If you're interested in an EV car now, the Chevrolet Volt is a great and very green option. While Chevrolet continues to make leaps and bounds in the EV market, they also have great cars in their lineup now that provide great gas mileage like the Chevy Trax and Chevy Cruze.

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