Believe it or not, both the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV come standard with a Sport mode, which can be easily activated by pressing the button with the checkered flag motif located on the center console. In the Bolt EV, pressing the Sport mode button will remap the throttle and make it more sensitive to improve the throttle response. The button does even more in the Bolt EUV, adjusting the power steering rack to make the steering a bit heavier and improve feel/feedback.
Sport isn’t the only driving mode that comes standard on the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. These electric subcompacts also offer Regen on Demand, which allows the driver to use the steering wheel-mounted paddle to slow the vehicle via the regenerative braking system, a process that also helps to charge the lithium-ion battery. The user does not have to press any buttons or flip any switches to activate Regen on Demand – just pull the paddle and the vehicle will begin to slow itself.
Lastly, there’s the One Pedal Driving mode, which can be activated by pressing the button mounted just underneath ‘Drive’ in the gear selector button panel. This will instruct the vehicle to deploy a stronger regenerative braking effect when the driver lifts off the throttle. With the right technique, the driver can travel in this mode without ever having to press the brakes – especially in city centers or stop-and-go traffic. The brakes can still be used to slow the vehicle abruptly in emergencies when it’s in this mode, obviously.
Drivers that learn how to properly utilize Regen on Demand and One Pedal Driving will be able to maximize the usable range of their Chevy Bolt EV or Bolt EUV. The Sport mode, on the other hand, may cause the user to drain the battery faster and therefore probably won’t be used by very many owners. We hear the Bolt EV is actually pretty good at autocross, though, so it’s not without its potential uses.
Learn more about the EV’s drive modes in the video embedded below.