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.
Gallery: 2017 Chevy Bolt performance specs announced, has 200 hp
BOLT EV OFFERS 238 MILES OF RANGE
Chevrolet promised to offer the first affordable electric vehicle with 200 miles or more of range and will exceed those expectations when the 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year. With the vehicle’s EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs — with plenty of range to spare — in the 2017 Bolt EV when charging regularly.
“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,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “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.”
Bolt EV buyers won’t be able to find a better value for an all-electric, thrill-inducing ride with an expected MSRP below $37,500 and before available federal tax credit of up to $7,500*. Plenty of range, cargo space, technology and safety features make the Bolt EV a great package for any driver.
“While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel. “Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics.”
When the Bolt EV arrives at select Chevrolet dealerships in late 2016, Chevrolet will offer a flavor of electrification to meet any customer’s needs. Whether it’s the pure electric Bolt EV, the Chevrolet Volt or the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet dealerships are full of affordable options for an efficient and engaging driving experience. More information on the Chevrolet electric family and the benefits of driving electric can be found at ChevyEVlife.com.
*Final Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price not yet announced and does not include, tax, title, license or optional equipment. Actual savings from the federal government depend on individual tax situations.