Tesla Who? Chevy Bolt Is the Only EV With a 238-Mile Range Available This Year

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While everyone has been buzzing about the Tesla 3 for months, Chevrolet has been quietly putting the finishing touches on its own plug-in electric vehicle, the Bolt.

And while the name might make you think of a certain animated Disney feature, there’s no denying that this vehicle is a serious contender in the 100% electric race. Not only does the Bolt compete with the Tesla 3 on price, well under $40k before the $7,500 federal rebate, today Chevy announced a very competitive 238-mile estimated range that must have Elon Musk grinding his teeth in frustration.

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Young, scrappy, and hungry (Image Credit: Chevrolet)

But the best part about the Bolt isn’t the price or the range, it’s the availability. While customers will be waiting till late 2017 or beyond for the Tesla 3 to arrive (and, if the Model X rollout is any indicator, maybe longer), Chevrolet is using its manufacturing and production experience to get the Bolt out to dealerships late this year. That’s at least a year of gas-free driving! And certainly long enough for Chevrolet to establish the Bolt in the affordable EV niche. The Bolt’s 238-mile range outpaces anything that other traditional manufacturers are doing in the all-electric market. The only other vehicle (other than Tesla) that’s even close is the Nissan Leaf, and that tops out at 107 miles of range.

Chevy Bolt Interior
That’s some judicious use of the wide-angle lens (Image Credit: Chevrolet)

The Bolt has some great interior features as well – the instrument cluster is customizable so that you can tweak the readouts to what matter most to you. And the navigation/entertainment center screen is a nice mix of a large screen paired with traditional buttons. Sorry all-screen fans; but when it comes to making sure your eyes stay on the road, you need the tactile feedback of a switch, knob, or button. I will say that the press shots I’ve seen of the Bolt make me wonder how practical it will be for a family of four on a long road trip; but I’m hoping to get my hands on a Bolt when they’re released later this year to answer just that question.

The Chevy Bolt will be the first to market with an EV that behaves more like a traditional car. You’ll be able to take long weekend trips and not worry if there’s a place to plug in along the way. You don’t have to worry that your car won’t be topped off enough in the morning to handle any traffic jams your commute might throw at you. 238 miles effectively kills range anxiety. With the distribution strength of the Chevy brand behind it, the Bolt may be the real bell weather to see if a mass-produced electric vehicle can still make a dent in a consumer market that’s grown used to cheap gas and large vehicles.

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4 thoughts on “Tesla Who? Chevy Bolt Is the Only EV With a 238-Mile Range Available This Year

  1. Really, what click bait. Your title says the Bolt is the only EV available now that can go 238 miles. Are you forgetting the current lineup of currently available Tesla vehicles which can go over 300 miles on a charge.

    And the Bolt isn’t actually available yet they announced it would be by the end of the year. Hasn’t happened yet.

  2. I also came to complain about the headline. Exceptionally misleading.

    Currently the Volt is vaporware, whereas I can get a Model S or X that have that very close to that range or higher today.

  3. The Bolt will go 238 miles on a full charge 23 miles per charge more than the current stated range of the model 3. . But how would the Bolt get a charge on a cross country trip? GM says on a high power charger (not available everywhere) the Bolt can get 90 miles of charge in 30 minutes. The Tesla’s can get 170 miles in 30 minutes on a supercharger. GM has nothing like the Tesla Supercharger network. You will spend much less time on a road trip charging a Tesla and much more time driving.

    Anthony, you get a Bolt, I’ll get a Model 3, I’ll race you New York to San Francisco winner gets the others vehicle. Loser is not allowed to ever write an article about electric vehicles ever again. I’ll be waiting for you in San Francisco while you are still charging your Bolt 2 states away. On a trip like that the Bolt will need to charge about 16 hours. the Tesla about 8.5. It’s not all about the range.

  4. Good points, guys – really, the title of the article should be “…the Only Sub-$35k EV.” Apologies for it being misleading, sometimes you just have to rent space in my head to see how the dots all connect! 🙂

    Tesla makes an amazing EV. I adore their vehicles. But financially it’s far out of the reach of most consumers. This will be the first consumer test of rolling out a cheap, long-range EV to market so I’m watching it very carefully. I can guarantee you Tesla will be too, if for no other reason than to see what GM gets rights and what they get wrong.

    And, Larry, I’ll take you up on that bet. I’ll hop in my Bolt when it comes out later this year. You hope in your Model 3 when you’re finally able to get one in 2019. It might take me a little longer, but I think I’ll be able to get across the country by then. 😉

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