Chevy Bolt EV’s range on a single charge keeps impressing. Officially, the vehicle has an EPA-rated range of 238 miles , but owners have been able to get more out of the vehicle – often up to 300 miles.
But now hypermilers have pushed it even further and achieved a range of over 750 km (466 miles) on a single charge.
It’s important to make the distinction between hypermiling and normal driving conditions.
Hypermiling is the practice of driving vehicles as efficiently as possible in order to achieve the longest distance possible on one charge/fuel tank. It often results in drivers limiting the speed to 20-30 mph (32-48 km/h).
The Bolt EV doesn’t need hypermiling records to make its range look good.
According to GM, 97% of Bolt EV owners beat the EPA range of 238 miles on a charge simply with regular daily driving conditions.
Now a TV crew from auto mobil, a show on the VOX channel, wanted to see how much they could push that with hypermiling techniques.
They used the Opel Ampera E, which is the Bolt EV rebranded in Europe, and after driving at speeds mainly between 40 and 50 km/h (25 to 30 mph) for no less than 25 hours and 30 minutes, they ended up with 754.9 kilometers on the odometer when the battery was completely depleted.
Again, while that’s impressive, it shouldn’t represent the expected range, but it does serve as an example of the vehicle’s potential when efficiently driven.
For comparison, a Tesla Model S 100D drove 670 miles (1,078km) on a single charge – about twice its rated range like this Bolt EV.
As a small crossover in the price range of $37,500 to $40,000, the Bolt EV, as the Ampera E, was expected to be very popular in Europe.
Though GM’s sale of Opel to the PSA Group complicated things. GM builds the vehicles and sells them to Opel, but they only have limited small allocations per market in Europe.
It can still be difficult to get your hands on one in certain markets, while in other markets, like California, there are decent inventories and some customers have been getting away with paying less than $25,000 after incentives due to discounts. We have seen prices as low as $19,000 and leases for ~$200. You can always check with your local dealers for inventory and see if you can find a deal