A new video from Chevrolet details the ease with which one can drive the Chevrolet Bolt EV primarily using only the accelerator pedal, calling upon the car’s regenerative braking system to slow it down, even to a complete stop. Chevrolet says that this mode of driving helps prevent energy from being wasted during deceleration, instead transferring some amount back into the battery.
According to the video, all one need do in order to really start one-pedal driving is put the car in “Low” mode. In that mode, regenerative braking will kick in as the driver progressively eases off the accelerator pedal – more than it would were the Chevrolet Bolt left in Drive, although that mode, too, automatically recaptures some energy while the car is decelerating.
What isn’t mentioned in the video is that whether in Low or Drive, the driver can manually actuate a “Regen on Demand” paddle on the steering wheel to give regenerative braking a boost.
Of course, never should the driver altogether forget about the brake pedal; it’s still a necessary piece of equipment that will be needed to more-rapidly brake the Chevrolet Bolt EV to a stop, especially in emergencies. But in most circumstances, the Bolt’s regenerative braking system can haul the car to a stop quickly enough, and put some juice back in the battery, to boot.