You only need the brake pedal in emergencies
As the Bolt EV moved closer to production last fall, Chevrolet began touting the ability to drive it using just one pedal in what it calls "Low" mode -- let off the accelerator, and an energy recovery system converts the forward momentum into electricity to recharge the battery. The effect is so akin to braking that the brake lights are activated. In and of itself, this isn't a big deal -- the Chevy Volt can do something similar, as can most electric vehicles. Like the BMW i3, the so-called regenerative braking will bring the car to a complete stop.
If you don't like the one-pedal option (you will, though), the regular "Drive" mode feels very much like a normal driving experience.
This car is surprisingly fun to drive
One of the most universal and underrated truths about the automotive industry is that the best products are developed using knowledge gleaned from motorsport. You might think that the Bolt EV is meant to be a docile, mostly forgettable, environmentally friendly vehicle, but you'd be sorely mistaken on the first two points. The chief engineer is a racer at heart, and he spends his spare time fine-tuning the suspension on both of his own race cars. This personal passion permeates to the road, where the Bolt is a surprisingly agile car, and one that retains a supple ride, absorbing bumps and maintaining a composure that would make most BMWs blush.
Along some of the PCH's most twisty stretches, that surprising handling prowess is perfectly complemented by the one-pedal driving concept... which, incidentally, was developed and programmed by a guy who spends his spare time racing a classic-yet-obscure Merkur XR4ti. In other words, his firsthand understanding of the importance of being smooth went directly into the car's computer:
Letting off the accelerator and transitioning to braking (without the pedal) as you approach a corner doesn't upset the balance of the car. There's no jerkiness, and the deceleration is perfectly fine for most driving situations. Should you need a little more braking power before resorting to the pedal, there's a paddle on the steering wheel that bumps it up a notch; think of it almost like a brake lever on a bike. Rolling back onto the accelerator is just as smooth, and with the way the car soaks up imperfections in the road, the end result is a car that's surprisingly great for a spirited backroads drive.