Many EVs, such as the Tesla Model S and BMW i3, offer a feature that people are calling “one-pedal driving.” Regenerative braking slows the car down as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator, so once you get used to driving this way, it’s rarely necessary to touch the brake pedal.
As it designed the Bolt EV, Chevrolet conducted interviews with potential buyers, and many expressed their desire for one-pedal driving capability.
Now Chevy has announced that the Bolt, which is scheduled to go into production later this year, will allow drivers to choose their preferred regen style by using the Regen on Demand paddle on the back of the steering wheel, and the Low gear setting.
In Drive gear, the car slows when the accelerator pedal is released, but the brake pedal is still required to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Using Low gear, and/or the Regen on Demand paddle, delivers a stronger regen effect – in certain driving situations the vehicle can be stopped without using the brake pedal.
Using a vehicle simulation model, GM engineers found that one-pedal driving can add up to 5 percent of range.
“Bolt EV customers who want an engaging driving experience will love the thrill of one-pedal driving,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel. “They will be able to tailor the vehicle to their preferred driving style and maximize their range.”