Well, if you’re tired of using two pedals to drive, and by that we mean both an accelerator and brake pedal, then the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will be right up your alley.
Chevrolet says the 2017 Bolt EV will offer a customizable one-pedal driving experience – meaning drivers can control both acceleration and braking with one pedal under some conditions. (The picture above shows Chevy Bolt development vehicles conducting tests in California.)
Chevy isn’t offering one-pedal driving for the heck of it. The pay off is that it will ultimately help drivers achieve maximum driving range. One-pedal braking allows for the highest level of regenerative braking, which captures otherwise lost energy from deceleration. It sends that energy back to the Bolt EV battery pack for the greatest total vehicle range.
The Bolt EV starts with a 200 mile or more range. Chevrolet says its engineers found that in simulated tests, one-pedal driving can add up to 5 percent of range.
In certain driver-selectable modes, the driver just eases off the accelerator and the vehicle will start to brake. There are four modes, each with various levels of regenerative braking. For instance, one of the drive modes requires drivers to still use the brake pedal to totally stop. Others are more progressively stronger one-pedal driving modes that in certain driving situations allow a driver to stop the vehicle without using the brake pedal.
All this one-pedal technology said, Chevy makes one thing clear in its press release.
One-pedal modes do not eliminate the need to use the brake pedal altogether, especially in emergency situations.
So keep that in mind.
Chevrolet says it’s on target to deliver the first production 2017 Bolt EV models by the end of the year. The Bolt is reportedly slated to head into production in October.