GM bests expectations on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV with 238 miles of all-electric range!
One of the longest running questions on the upcoming, Chevrolet Bolt EV has been answered, as General Motors announced that its all-electric car will have 238 miles (383 km) of range via its 60 kWh battery.
In addition, GM announced that the Bolt EV receives an overall efficiency rating of 119 MPGe combined - 128 MPGe city, 110 MPGe highway.
Chevrolet Bolt EV WILL arrive at select dealers by the end of this year
"Chevrolet promised to offer the first affordable electric vehicle with 200 miles or more of range and will exceed those expectations when the 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year.
With the vehicle’s EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs — with plenty of range to spare — in the 2017 Bolt EV when charging regularly."
And as surely as GM solved that mystery, they kept us guessing at another - pricing.
The EV has been estimated at around $37,500 (or under $30,000 with Federal incentive applied), and the news of the 238 mile range was accompanied by this equally vague statement:
"Bolt EV buyers won’t be able to find a better value for an all-electric, thrill-inducing ride with an expected MSRP below $37,500 and before available federal tax credit of up to $7,500"
And while we don't know the pricing - we do know that the Bolt EV will arrive in two trim levels - the LT and the Premier. With options like leather front and rear heated seats being standard on the latter. Check out the details on the two trim comparisons below.
Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior
GM North America President Alan Batey also put to rest those pesky "would they or won't they" (Bolts EVs) show up at Chevy dealers for customers before year's end questions.
Ample legroom in the upcoming, 238 mile Chevy Bolt EV
“Chevrolet showed the world the production version Bolt EV earlier this year and in a few short months we’ve moved from that vision to a reality.
The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year."
A further GM statement backed up that news, while promoting other automotive offerings that the General will have better stocked at the time.
When the Bolt EV arrives at select Chevrolet dealerships in late 2016, Chevrolet will offer a flavor of electrification to meet any customer’s needs. Whether it’s the pure electric Bolt EV, the Chevrolet Volt or the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet dealerships are full of affordable options for an efficient and engaging driving experience. More information on the Chevrolet electric family and the benefits of driving electric can be found at ChevyEVlife.com.
The Tesla Model 3, Announced From $35,000 And "At Least" 215 Miles Of Range
Currently, only the Tesla Model 3 is seen as a real competitor for the Chevy Bolt (although we anticipate seeing a couple other offerings throwing their hat into the ring relatively soon).
As a point of reference, at the launch of the Tesla, Elon Musk stated that the Model 3 would have "at least an EPA 215 miles" of range, so it would appear the Bolt will have the upper hand in at least this one regard.
Josh Tavel, the Bolt EV's Chief Engineer also got in on the range announcement news:
“While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers. Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics.”
Also of interest: GM has put out a series of 10 short films (like the one below) on what the Chevy Bolt EV -and its 238 miles of range can do. Check out all of them here. Also, the first long range (240 miles) test of the Bolt EV has already been accomplished - check out that video journey here.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Trim Details: LT, Premier (click to enlarge)