Chevrolet Bolt Chief Engineer Takes Us Inside GM’s 200-Mile Electric Car – Video

2 years ago by Electric CarsTV 49

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Interior

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Interior

Via Slash Gear, we present this detailed interior walkthough of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt with the electric car’s chief engineer hosting the presentation.

Some highlights found within the Bolt include:

  • smart range estimating using driving history of the car, weather, time of day, terrain – navigation to assist in enhancing range routes and to show local charging station inside that range
  • 10.2″ MyLink screen, with wide-angle rear camera viewing and surround/bird’s eye viewing
  • 4G LTE and wifi hotspot
  • normal array of apps – time of day charging, state of charge, environment preconditioning, etc.

Check out the video for more details.

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49 responses to "Chevrolet Bolt Chief Engineer Takes Us Inside GM’s 200-Mile Electric Car – Video"

  1. MTN Ranger says:

    Another driving video by MotoManTV (although a bit long):

  2. Kosh says:

    LOL. That red button is the same E-stop switch I have on my CNC machine.

    1. kdawg says:

      I thought it sent the game into overtime?

      1. Josh says:

        Lol, Clemson could have used that last night.

  3. Bobby Dazzler says:

    All that amazing tech. Battery and range enhancements. New, innovative drivetrain. Build efficiencies, aerodynamic developments.

    And the chief engineer wants to talk about where to charge your iPad?!

    1. wavelet says:

      It’s annoying on one hand, but OTOH, it means GM might be trying to market the Bolt in a mainstream way.

      Like it or not, most mainstream ICE cars get sold on the basis of number of cupholders and what smartphone interface(s) they support…

  4. Stimpacker says:

    Very nice. Glad to see GM stepping up. Hope the build quality is equally up to snuff. Been in some Chevys that just feel cheap.

    Would be nice if GM did more to address L3 charging. CCS is a joke around here in Sacramento. Very few and overpriced.

    1. KenZ says:

      If it’s as good as the Volt, we’ll all be happy. Sure, Volt Gen1 had some wonky human factors stuff about it (fixed in Gen2), but overall, it’s a damn fine piece of engineering. Spotlight’s on GM for this one, so I think they’ll get it as right as one can expect for a new vehicle.

      1. E says:

        It’s amazing how many people’s knowledge of the car landscape (particularly domestics) stopped ten years ago.
        It really is something.

        (Not necessarily the O.P. but people in General)

        I also think that many people’s scant knowledge and poor regards for domestics is a class thing more than anything else.

        1. michel nola says:

          Your last paragraph is spot on. The richer the neighborhood, the more foreign cars you see; definitely partly due to the snob level increasing along with wealth.

  5. DaveinOlyWA says:

    very nice! love the configurable screen option. I never seem to have exactly what I want with anyone without having to bounce from one screen to another and regen on demand is something I would love on my LEAF…*hint hint*

  6. Djoni says:

    One pedal and paddle braking are indeed the most wanted feature for many.
    Also the configurable screen and what about the holy grail, 200 miles range?
    It’s a blast.
    As far as I’m concern it’s my next car.

  7. EV Dave says:

    Personally, I don’t like “one pedal” driving and haven’t found a meaningful difference in the amount of regen in an i3 versus my 500e. As long as you can shut off one pedal when it is too aggressive, I’m good. Looking forward to the Bolt.

    1. Art Isbell says:

      I doubt that one-pedal driving increases regen significantly, but it does allow one to decelerate or stop in most situations without pressing the brake pedal. This is very satisfying compared with our previous EV that not only required pressing the brake pedal to stop but also to prevent creep mode from making the car creep forward without pressing the accelerator pedal (i.e., ICE automatic transmission emulation).

      Regen is only as aggressive as the acceleration pedal position dictates, so the driver is in complete control of the regen level. I’m not sure why the Bolt needs a regen paddle when regen can be controlled by the accelerator pedal.

      1. Frank says:

        This is when you want to drive on “D”. Coasting is easier, but you still get max regen if you want to, using the paddle

        1. JohnMB says:

          Regenerative braking seems i3 regen is always available and coasting is achieved by how the accelerator is engaged.

          However, I like that rear view mirror, forward cameras, the ease for setting up display nice, like those bluetooth features .. nice job GM. Sounds like you listened to the complaints of BMW’s i3 owners. Too bad BMW doesn’t.

          1. Michel says:

            I’m surprise that the i3 dosn”t have the L like the volt for regeneration. I like to use it expecially in the city when the trafic light are close. Now with the paddle on the steering well is even better on the volt gen2.

    2. Frank says:

      Well maybe you do not understand how one pedal driving works.

      The more you lift, the more it slows down. So as long as you only let go partially as the traffic dictates, and not release all at once as if you drove on “D”, that’s way better. It is way easier to drive particularly in heavy traffic.

    3. Stimpy says:

      I absolutely love one-pedal driving and couldn’t be happier that Chevy is serving both needs: Those that want one-pedal driving with no paddle necessary can shift to “L” and those that don’t can shift to “D”.

      As far as I know, this will be the first EV that offers these both modes and (significantly) the one-pedal mode brings the car to a stop. Does the Model S do this?

      1. Ken_3 says:

        Fully adjustable regen is the best. My Zero motorcycle has adjustable throttle and brake separately. That way I can coast with the throttle and get max regen with the brakes.

      2. Stuart22 says:

        My Spark EV has the choice of light regen (D) as well as strong regen (L). No paddles though.

  8. Anon says:

    Really hoping GM’s Dealer Network does not mess this up for prospective consumers…

    1. GM will need to bring all their dealers in for a shock reprograming. But I’m not sure GM even has much control over their dealers.

      Having had a Volt exposed a part of GM that I hadn’t realized existed. I didn’t like it very much.

      I’ve said it before, the Volt was best GM car I’ve had. But it will also be the last. Time to move on.

      1. Paul Stoller says:

        I think GM should start selling solar power systems at it’s dealerships. There is a source of replacement income for them (the dealers).

      2. Stimpy says:

        Shock reprogramming. LOL!

      3. Phr3d says:

        @ OlderThanDirt:

        at the risk of sounding like a shill here, I hope that you made it clear to GM your decision to move on and why. I’m gonna guess that Mary would like to know about it.

    2. Mister G says:

      I hate to be negative but all dealerships will be pushing ICE ICE BABY as the price of oil continues to drop.

    3. Breezy says:

      Most dealers won’t help, that’s for sure. But there are good EV-friendly ones. They tend to attract EV customers from long distances away.

  9. Saint says:

    I hate to say goodbye to my Leaf, but GM is really tempting me.

  10. lou1000 says:

    I most seriously wish the best for the BOLT–
    and hope it is a huge hit for GM—-

    As a 2 time Tesla owner I want all EV’s to sell well!!

  11. Martin T says:

    Looks good Impressive features added on the Bolt, 2 questions:
    Do the brake lights now active automatically while on hard regen or coming to a stop?

    Can you turn off the A/C in heating mode completely?
    Locally in a dry climate the Volts automatic A/C climate control drives me absolutely mad – reduces heating and wastes energy.
    Will GM fix this in past Sold Volts Even Australian Ones or will we be ignored as past GM Products usually are?
    GM Fix it please.

    1. Breezy says:

      The brake lights activate on the 2016 Volt based on rate of deceleration during regen. I imagine the Bolt will be the same.

  12. martinwinlow says:

    Not the most engaging of personalities…

    I had to laugh at the point where he momentarily hesitated before saying “Volt” at 3:17 – he must curse the loon who decided to give the Bolt its name every time he says it. MW

    1. Djoni says:

      It’s a question of taste and habit.
      He’s the chief engineer and I deal with those in my daily work.
      I prefer them much more when it come to basic and truth over the marketing, PR and salesman.
      I find the guy pretty good, engaging and trustworthy.

  13. Steven says:

    “At GM, we strive to play catch-up with Tesla.”

    Yes, I know the Bolt will be out before the Model 3, but with the exception of the Regen paddle, I didn’t see anything groundbreaking in that car.

    And with the 10″ screen (the biggest in any GM vehicle) why are there still so many buttons and knobs?

    1. bro1999 says:

      The average Joe likes knobs and buttons. Not everyone is a tech geek and wants strictly a ginormous ipad screen to control everything. In fact, the lack of knobs in my 2012 Volt annoy me, as I have to hold the “lower temp” quasi-touch button for 5 seconds to lower the temperature. A knob I could adjust in half a second.

      And nothing groundbreaking? How about bringing the first 200+ mile, sub-$40k, mass produced EV to the market? No one, not even Tesla, has done that.

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        I’m actually surprised by the lack of buttons. I counted my gen 1 Volt and it had over 36 buttons and two knobs on the center console. The Bolt only has 13 buttons and two knobs.

        1. bro1999 says:

          The Gen 1 Volt definitely had a “spaceship” feel. To be honest, there are still a few buttons where I’m not exactly sure what they do.

        2. Open-Mind says:

          Agree. The only really terrible thing about my Gen-1 Volt is the design of that center-stack and its touch-GUI. It’s a usability train-wreck, obviously designed by a committee of stylists and marketeers. I’m really glad they scrapped it.

          1. Phr3d says:

            Yep, that’s the case with Most recent GUI, serving modernity over function.

            Gimme an Apple or Win7 GUI interface that I can tailor to My desires. Done.

            person A has Never touched the treble for their audio, person B goes through the seven agonizing steps Daily. Gonna guess that person B doesn’t like the GUI very much.

    2. Stimpy says:

      Let’s see, same range as a S60 for half the price? Yeah, nothing groundbreaking here!

    3. Jacked says:

      I much prefer physical buttons and knobs when driving. Fussing through multiple screens to find an option is flat-out dangerous while driving.

      1. Ziv says:

        But the Gen I Volt was, like, rocking the haptic interface in a dynamic manner reflective of the inner id of the vehicle operator. Knobs and buttons? How retro!

    4. Stuart22 says:

      I’d include that trick rear view camera/mirror as a giant leap forward in safety. I wish I had this in my Ford Transit van.

  14. kubel says:

    Finally, an Informed-Decision-o-Meter.

  15. sTeeve says:

    me (to my Leaf-driving sister): here, watch this video of the new Bolt.

    Sis: That’s nice. Still in love with the Tesla.


    1. E says:

      The Bolt and Leaf don’t compete with any Tesla.
      Which was she referring to?

  16. BraveLilToaster says:

    I really like the new range prediction algorithm. That will make a lot of difference in getting people where they want to go.