Chevrolet Bolt EV – One Pedal Driving

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In this upload we take an un edited ride in the Chevrolet Bolt EV to demonstrate “one pedal driving”. The basic idea is you can slow the vehicle to a stop using regenerative braking. This is done by simply letting go of the throttle or using the regen on demand paddle on the left side of the steering wheel. As you get good at it you really don’t have to use the brakes on the car unless for an emergency braking need. Watch this video and see if I ever have to use the brakes.

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22 Replies to “Chevrolet Bolt EV – One Pedal Driving”

  1. Al Smith

    Another great video both as to clarity and presentation and video quality and the audio quality so thank you very much for that. So I have been trying to understand why I would ever use Drive instead of Low?

  2. Joe Mokol

    I use one pedal driving every time I drive my Bolt. I have seen some information where the brakes seize up on some 17/18 bolts from non use in the rust belt states, so I've been making sure I use my breaks once or twice a week just to be on the safe side. Thanks for the videos. Watching your Bolt videos is what pushed me over to pull the trigger and buy my Bolt. By the way, what's your opinion on an extended warranty for the Bolt. I bought one and have a bad case of buyer's remorse, thinking I probably wasted the money.

  3. Mykle Raymond

    My 2019 Bolt EV is usually driven with selector in "L" (I may have missed you mentioning that). In "D" there is some regen braking, but much more like a ICE vehicle. There is a YouTube video that looks at how much braking is available in "D" and "L", whether using the paddle or not. In summary the paddle provides a bit more braking than "L". It is harder to use the paddle while wheels are not pointed straight. I usually tap the paddle to exit cruise control (there are several other ways to do that, so personal preference).

    When the vehicle was new, the engine would hold better at a stop on a grade. Over a few months that started to loosen up. It still holds, and seems to provide the same braking as when new. The question is when does it become a maintenance issue. The car does brake significantly while driving down hill and tapers off as we approach a stop.

    I haven't seen any automatic parking brake. It may have happened once when I was playing around, but didn't understand what happened and haven't seen it since.

    There is another YouTube video that tapes a mirror to the rear roof and set to see the brake light, so the video was watching the console but could still see when the brake light was on. Am thinking of putting a mirror on the rear light where I can see the brake light in the driver's outside mirror, but i am not planning to record video. Not a long term intent, just to see for myself when the brake lights are on, or not. I don't think the OBD sensor has any readings for lights, otherwise it would be easy.

    Note that normal braking (with the pedal) uses regen braking. Only when braking hard are the wheel brakes used. Few of us will be needing any brake work for a looong time.

    It's pretty neat to drive up a mountain with cruise control, then note the kWH used and drive back down with cruise control. Going down, the CC holds the car at the set speed, while an ICE car will speed up on steeper sections. That is very nice. At the bottom of the hill, the kWH "used" is LESS than when starting down from the top (lots of recharging). Next time I need to note the kWH value when starting up, then at the top, and again at the bottom. I expect to have more "used" at the end than at the start, as you might guess. But it is great to regen significantly on the way down.

  4. Norman McIntosh

    What do you think about some car dealers refusing to take back a car off the lease? I heard some dealers are playing games. Some dealers were even damaging the car if the customer just left it when the lease was up. This comment is not to reflect on your dealership. I am sure your dealership does not give issues. Here is the link to the story. This is the youtube link for the story. I am sure most of the dealers are honest and would not play games. Or even bargain the lease-end price perhaps. If things stay slow I can understand some things on your end. What should folks do if this happens..any ideas

  5. jen1sue

    Dave, how does coasting" work if at all? As I drive my ICE today, I realized how often I let off the gas as I drive in town. Can you talk about that? I can't wrap my brain around it.

  6. lowell white

    I leased a 2020 Bolt in January. I drove a 2017 Volt before that. Regen braking in the Volt would bring me almost to a stop but not quite unless I am was going uphill. On my Bolt regenerative braking does not work hardly at all if my battery is full. After about ten miles the regenerative braking starts working problems.

  7. Mark Fitzpatrick

    Dave i baught. A amazon Alexa by ordering on my best buy app and when i got there they have marked parking for curbside and they came up to my window and ask what i ordered and had it ready. Great service. Groceries are doing that too

  8. Chuck O

    The Bolt is a nice vehicle but there are better deals out there. My new 2019 Leaf SV PLUS w/tech package purchased for $18,500 ($42,000 MSRP – $13,000 Nissan incentives – $7500 federal incentive – $3000 state incentive), does everything the Bolt does and more (especially with the tech package), but in a better engineered, better built vehicle with a lot more comfort and better ride quality. Properly maintained batteries are now good for well over 1000 charge cycles which at 215 miles per charge gives a lifetime of well over 200,000 miles. Hurry, Nissan is making "truly" unbelievable deals to move those left over 2019's.

  9. david white

    Thanks for the double header today.From the trees it doesn't look like spring has sprung up there yet like it has here in the south. This brought back memories of when my dad had the galaxy 500, he would ride the brake while driving and those behind him couldn't tell when he was stopping..

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