Bjørn Nyland Takes Chevrolet Bolt 292 Miles On A Single Charge – Video


Bjørn and friends take the Chevrolet Bolt on a long scenic journey throughout South Korea. The trip covers quite a bit of elevation, and driving happens day and night, through towns and the countryside.

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Bjørn Nyland with the Chevrolet Bolt

Like many of Nyland’s videos, this is a long one. They film for nearly an hour, so you get lots of information. Essentially, Nyland and the driver talk at length about the vehicle, and its design and features. The video really becomes a lengthy and insightful Chevrolet Bolt review. They push the car to the limits in terms of range. As they near the end of their trip, the car is indicating that they are going to run out of battery. Although, some regenerative braking helps them out.

In the end, they hit a whopping 470 km (292 miles). Nyland explains that they weren’t traveling really fast, and it is warm there, so no heat was needed. So, his estimate is about 400-450 km at a minimum. He also says that these conditions were not perfect in terms of roads, elevation, weather, etc. Nyland believes that if the trip were to have taken place somewhere like Denmark, in perfect conditions, the Chevrolet Bolt may have fared even better.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:

During our stay in South Korea, we took a road trip from Seoul to Jeju in a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The challenge was to see how far we could drive in a single charge. I will make another road trip video once the European version (Opel Ampera-e) comes out.

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28 Comments on "Bjørn Nyland Takes Chevrolet Bolt 292 Miles On A Single Charge – Video"

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Hey Bjorn, Ampera-E’s are reportedly in country in Norway (or close to it)! Borrow one and plug it into a 100 kW CCS station for me and report the results! I have a $100 bet riding on it. 😉

Also: hey Robert Llewellyn: how about you scare up access to a Bolt/Ampera-e and review it. All these episodes about things other than EVs when there is a significant car out there to review.


also Robert,
Tone down the British accent

sarcasm….sort of:)

. . . also Robert,
Tone down the British accent

sarcasm….sort of:)

As much as I would appreciate hearing a review or two whose timbre resembled that of a certain Series 4000 mechanoid’s, I’m nonetheless quite happy to hear the words authentically delivered by Mr. L. At least, that’s how Llewellyn has always sounded when interviewed on other programs. Aside from this, there remain those moments, if one listens for them, when a bit of Krytie purposely interjects himself into the review. I always smile when that happens.

The last two bars start a nag warning you’re running out of power. Most people will not want to drive thru that range or experience it.

You should realistically subtract those last two bars of “range”.

Well that’s no fun. I’m gonna milk my Bolt for all the electrons it’s got during my attempt to cross the entire state of MD (320 miles) on a single charge. 😉

I think you can do it if you stay mostly below 40 mph. It is 78F today and my Bolt was saying I was averaging more than 5.5kw driving around town and I had a +7 driving score.

You will make it, as it only 250 miles across.

Sorry you said across, 90 miles, length is 250.

Oakland, MD to Ocean City, MD is 322 miles.

The last 14 miles on the LEAF (original capacity) also do that. I’m sure Teslas do it too.

These are not subtracted from the range on EVs.

The LEAF has a number of miles *after* you reach 0 also. These are not counted. I wonder if the Bolt has extra range of that sort.

Yes. Btw it can still go above 45mph even with reduced power.

Yeah, this vid puts the lie to all those who stated GM couldn’t possibly make an affordable 200 mile ev. They didn’t – they made a 292 mile ev. (Or 300 if they ran it to the bitter end). I know I’ve run mine down to about 3 miles from the bitter end. Since I didn’t have anyone with me in the car to help push, I didn’t chance it any further than that.

Which would be a better backup when testing the utmost in range limits to the end: A little Honda Generator (or similar) for recharging enough to get to a L2 or DC QC, A 365 Watt Solar Panel with Battery and AC inverter for the same purpose, or just a call to Road Service Club (AAA, CAA, Etc.) for a flat bed tow?

Call a flatbed. It is not good for the battery to at a very low state of charge. And both of the other solutions are going to take longer time than you care to wait 😉

Clearly option C!

I should add that some of the “tow” trucks around me have an option to give you a little bit of juice so you can drive away.

Smart of them actually so as they don’t have to tow a dead EV every single time.

I’m not saying I’ll ever be interested enough to test it. but if I have help from an interested passenger, the ‘armstrong’ method works for me…

I could drive around a large parking lot where I know there is a public charger, and then it won’t involve any dangerous pushing to get it near the charger for 10 minutes so that I then have sufficient juice to drive home.

I’m not saying I’d ever be THAT interested to try an ‘extreme range’ test down to the absolute bitter end, but if I did, I’d try the FOURTH option: The “Armstrong” Method.

I’d get down to about 2 or 3 miles range, and then drive around a huge parking lot near my house where I knew they had a working public L2 docking station. That way, it wouldn’t be that hard for me, and a passenger, to push the thing over to the docking station since for the last few miles I’d just drive in a big circle around it.

@Bill H.
Another example of great GM engineering.

Now if GM management would put the power train into a more desirable body that would be better.

Have you seen them in real life?

I’m surprised how nice they look in person, even the white one with the two silly black pseudo grill thingies!

Hypermiling doesn’t count..

I notice that this version of the Bolt has:

–A rear-seat middle-head-rest

–Power-folding side mirrors

Are these features available in the USA?

Uh, no.

Ampera-e doesnt get the birdseye camera or rear view mirror camera though.

And just only 6 airbags!

I dig this video! Bjorn is cool and so is S. Korea. And of course the Bolt always impresses.

I notice they drive with no heat or A/C. That makes a huge difference. I find my Model X gets close to EPA only between 60 and 70 F–in other words, when climate is not on. Otherwise, driving around town (average trip length: 7 miles) with temperature control activated reduces range about 20 percent. Obviously the effect is lessened on longer trips, but then again, one usually drives faster on highways, which also eats range.

All in all, an impressive result for the Bolt. I wonder if Tesla’s choice to use an induction motor (as compared to the Bolt’s permanent magnet) partially explains the Bolt’s great efficiency. Bolt is not a flat pancake like the Model S; it shouldn’t have amazingly good drag, relatively speaking.