The Chevy Bolt offers a very impressive driving range for those who are looking for low or zero-emission vehicles for their next cars. Regenerative braking isn’t a new thing, but the 2017 Chevy Bolt takes it to the next level to further increase your range and efficiency. Take a look below to learn about how one-pedal driving in the Bolt can up your efficiency game.
What is one-pedal driving?
One-pedal driving basically refers to how the Chevy Bolt takes advantage of regenerative braking. When using specific driving modes, drivers of the Bolt can customize how strong the regenerative braking is in the Bolt — which will convert the movement of the Bolt back into energy to later use. This will eventually bring your vehicle to a complete stop, depending on your driving conditions and situation.
This feature really shows its usefulness off when in stop-and-go traffic, where it lets you avoid using to the brake in certain situations. Chevy does note that you can’t ignore your brake pedal altogether — and that it is still vital for emergency situations and safety.
What Driving Modes can be used for braking in the Bolt?
You can choose between Drive and Low for the main modes, but the use of the regen on demand paddle behind the steering wheel allows for four different regenerative braking situations. Just operating in drive and taking your foot off the accelerator will slow you down, but you will still idle forward. By using the regen paddle you can slow down even further and come to a complete stop depending on when you start your deceleration.
Low mode operates in much the same way, though will regain more energy and come to a quicker stop. Using this feature allows for increased range, which GM has estimated at more than 200 miles. It’s estimated that good practice of regenerative braking will add around 5 percent more range.
Test drive the 2017 Bolt EV in Fond du Lac
Interested in giving the Chevy Bolt for a test drive to see if this new EV is the right vehicle for your next purchase? It shouldn’t be too long before we start seeing the Bolt on the road! Let us know if you’re interested and would like to schedule a test drive!