Well Chevy’s outdone itself with the 2017 Bolt’s EV range. It’s quite a bit more impressive than anyone thought.
The automaker’s first long-range all-electric car will have an EPA-estimated 238-mile range on a single charge, which definitely puts it in the promised 200+ range. More importantly, it beats the 215-mile range on the upcoming Tesla Model 3. (Although we wouldn’t be surprised to see Tesla CEO Elon Musk already trying to match the Chevy Bolt number.)
It’s interesting how the mass-market EV race is currently pitting Chevrolet vs Tesla. Two automakers that until now couldn’t be more different. The two EV’s will be pretty fairly matched in price when they go on sale. The Bolt’s expected to start from under $37,500. The Tesla Model 3 closer to $35,000. Both numbers are before available federal tax credits.
But Chevrolet has an edge on Tesla because its Bolt goes into production soon and arrives at dealers by the end of the year. We’ll have to wait until sometime next year for the Model 3.