How 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Regenerative Braking Works

September 26th, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is poised to become one of the most impressively efficient vehicles on the road when it debuts late this year. This EV hatchback will sport bold looks, exciting features, and compelling performance, but arguably its most exciting characteristic is that it uses no gas at all and can travel upwards of 200 miles on electric power alone. A big reason that this car can do what other electric cars can’t is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt’s regenerative braking system, which allows you to save more energy. Here’s how it works.

Traditional Braking

One of the fundamental principles of physics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It simply transfers from one form to another. Your car runs on chemical energy from gasoline, which is then transferred to kinetic energy as you drive down the road. When you brake, it becomes thermal energy in the form of heat. The energy transfers from your car to the brakes, which is why excessive braking can lead to your brake pads getting overheated. In essence, this heat is wasted energy that a typical car is unable to harness.

Regenerative Braking

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt regenerative braking system captures the energy that is normally lost as heat and turns it into electricity to power up the car’s batteries. Instead of using pads and rotors to slow the car down, the car signals the electric motor to begin running in reverse when you press down on the brake pedal.

The car does not and cannot actually start driving backwards, but it does slow down according to the pressure you apply to the pedal. Since there is no friction between the brakes and the wheels, and less friction between the wheels and the road, the energy you are using is not wasted as heat. It’s captured and stored to help your Bolt run farther on just electric power.

Get Excited about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

If you are ready to never pay for gas again and want a versatile and well-equipped car, the forthcoming Chevy Bolt is the car for you. Discover just how much it has to offer when it arrives at Tom Gill Chevrolet, located at 7830 Commerce Dr, Florence, KY. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.