After only talking about “more than 200 miles” for over a year now, GM finally announced today the expected EPA-rated range of its upcoming all-electric Chevy Bolt EV. The automaker expects the EPA to give the Bolt an impressive range of 238 miles.
Back in April, just a few weeks after Tesla unveiled its Model 3 and announced a minimum range of 215 miles, GM revealed that they had pushed the range of the Bolt to be significantly more than the previously announced “200 miles”.
We are now apparently seeing the result of this “push” with the new EPA estimated range of 238 miles, which is fairly impressive on a 60 kWh battery pack. The Tesla Model S with a 60 kWh battery pack – though a much bigger car – gets 208 miles of EPA-rated range on a single charge.
GM North America President Alan Batey reiterated today that the Bolt will arrive in dealerships later this year :
“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.”
Interestingly, GM is now talking about an “expected MSRP below $37,500 and before available federal tax credit of up to $7,500″ so we might see the price go down. Tesla actually announced that the base price of the Model 3 would be $35,000 before incentives. GM could be looking to match Tesla’s base price as they are aiming to convince some of the company’s ~400,000 reservation holders to buy the Bolt instead of waiting for the Model 3.
For announcement today, GM also released a new batch of pictures of the production version of the Bolt EV: