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Detroit 2016: Chevrolet announces Bolt EV specs

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which made its debut last week at CES in Las Vegas, painted a clearer picture of its performance today at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

Look for a range in excess of 320 kilometres from a single, higher-capacity electric motor. The latter is rated at 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, which means acceleration from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) takes less than seven seconds.

The Bolt’s 60kWh lithium-ion battery with active thermal conditioning weighs just 435 kg (960 lbs). It is located underneath the vehicle and covers the entire floor from the front footwells to the rear seat. 

The battery system is mated to a standard 7.2kW on-board charger for regular overnight charging from a 240V wall box. A typical commute of 80 kilometres requires less than two hours of charging. The Bolt EV also features an optional DC Fast Charging system using the industry standard SAE Combo connector. In this case, the battery can be charged up to 145 kilometres of range in 30 minutes. 

Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV should be announced closer to its on-sale date.