The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is set to be a major turning point for electric vehicles. In terms of capability and its price point, there’s nothing like it being put into production right this moment. Yes, there’s the Tesla Model 3, but that’s still not arriving for some time.
The biggest difference? The battery packs themselves. As the report calls it, the 2017 Bolt EV utilizes a “skateboard” design, which houses the battery unit under the floorboard of the vehicle. The Spark EV is a little different as it sits under the seats as an impromptu solution to be a compliance car in California.
“Both batteries have liquid active thermal control that is very important to keep the battery at ideal temperature, since high temperatures damage the cells. We know that the Spark EV’s small 19.44 kWh battery can handle high charge and discharge rates, since it can provide 120 kW — 105 kW are intended to the motor — and can take up to 50 kW in CCS DC fast chargers. While Bolt’s 59.4 kWh battery can provide at least 150 kW to the electric motor and something more to the electronics,” the report writes.
As we inch closer to the 2017 Bolt EV’s production we’ll surely receive final specifications on what the vehicle is capable of regarding its range, charging and more.