Go for the optional charger and you'll get 90 miles of range in only half an hour.
The 2017 Bolt’s EPA numbers are in and they’re actually pretty impressive taking into account these are well above Chevy’s initial estimation. When the company with the bowtie emblem unveiled the all-electric hatchback at the beginning of the year, it said the 60-kWh battery pack would have enough juice for more than 200 miles (322 kilometers). Now, EPA is saying the Bolt will have an estimated range of 238 miles (383 km).
We also have the numbers for the European version, the Opel Ampera-e. In the New European Driving Cycle, the zero-emissions model will be able to cover in excess of 400 kilometers (248 miles), but keep in mind NEDC is much more optimistic than EPA. As a matter of fact, General Motors is saying the Opel-badged model will be able to cover on average around 185 miles (298 kilometers) in real world conditions, which is still not too shabby.
Getting back to the Bolt, full pricing isn’t out yet, but Chevy says it will kick off at less than $37,500 MSRP without taking into account the federal tax credit of up to $7,500. It’s going to hit dealerships before the year’s end and will be an interesting car for those in the market for a fairly practical electric city hatchback that can seat up to five people.
Performance will be pretty decent, with the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) set to take less than seven seconds before hitting a top speed of 91 mph (145 kph). Recharging the battery to offer 50 miles (80 km) of range will take less than two hours with the regular 7.2 kW onboard charger, while with the optional DC Fast Charging system you’ll get 90 miles (145 km) of range in only half an hour. Regenerative braking has also been implemented and will improve range by as much as five percent.