Until fast charging is the norm, most electric-vehicle owners will have some time to kill waiting for their cars to juice up. For one Chevy Bolt Forum user, he shot the breeze with Mike Lelli, lead engineer for the Bolt EV and Volt plug-in hybrid.
In his discussion, Lelli told the forum user that the 2019 Bolt EV will boast two improvements: better-padded seats and a reworked suspension. Bolt EV owners, and perhaps those who’ve slid behind the wheel, may recall the electric car’s seats aren’t the cushiest in town. Chevy will reportedly address this with the new model year.
As for the suspension, Lelli told the poster that different springs and shocks will be used to improve the suspension and reduce uneasiness over road imperfections while driving.
Aside from the two changes, Lelli spent the rest of the time asking the poster about what else the Bolt EV could use to be a better electric car, and he focused on a larger battery versus faster charging times. A larger battery will keep owners from charging more often but adds weight. Fast charging means a shorter range, but less time spent waiting for a full charge.
Oh, and we learned the engineering team calls the Bolt EV “Victor Volt” to clear up any “Bolt” and “Volt” confusion when speaking. Lelli reportedly had no comment when asked what the marketing department was thinking when choosing the “Bolt EV” name.
Update: GM Authority has spoken with Chevrolet and the brand clarified improvements between 2018 and 2019 Bolt EV models. Updated seats were introduced for the 2018 model year and carry over to the 2019 model. No additional changes are present for the 2019 MY, and Chevrolet clarified continuous improvements may mean an updated suspension in the future, but no such upgrades were made to the Bolt EV for 2019.