Latest update: 25 Jul 2018
While folks are anticipating the Tesla Model 3, it is time to note that the first electric car promising a range of 200+ miles and priced from the mid-$30,000s will be in production by the end of 2016 — that’s the 2017 Chevy Bolt, of course. A year or more ahead of Tesla’s Model 3, the Chevy Bolt will be on the road.
The Chevy Bolt EV features a US EPA range rating of 238 miles (383 km) per full charge, making the model one of the only options out there for those who want an all-electric vehicle with a 200+ mile range.
The impressive range is the result of a 60 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack. The battery pack itself utilizes LG Chem nickel-rich lithium-ion battery cells.
The model also features a US EPA fuel efficiency rating of 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). Other specs:
16.9 cubic feet of cargo space — not bad for such a compact car
150 kW (200 horsepower) power
266 pound-feet of torque
238 miles (383 km) of range
The model is classified by the US EPA as “small station wagon,” with the fairly large hatchback opening being perhaps it’s most defining characteristic.