According to a test performed by Consumer Reports’s research staff, in a head-to-head comparison, the Bolt outperforms the Tesla Model S 75D, even surpassing its own range rating by 12 miles. The Bolt gets an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -estimated 238 miles of driving range on a single charge, while the Tesla is rated at 259 miles. The Bolt went 12 miles further than the 238 miles range rating by EPA.
Drivers from the magazine’s research staff took the all-electric cars down roads around 65 mph (104 kmph), with some mixed driving maneuvers included. The air conditioning (a/c) and heater were turned on and off both, as they do use quite a good amount of the battery power. The publication has also reminded readers that flipping the a/c and heater on, hitting hard acceleration, and driving in extremely cold weather, will take away some of the per-charge driving range.
Based on the results of its testing, Consumer Reports ranks the Chevy Bolt as the second best all-electric vehicle, behind the Model S. Besides range, the Chevy scores well for agility and quietness. The car is equipped with “Regen-On-Demand” feature which allows the driver to slow down without using the brake pedal by using the steering wheel paddle. But, overall, Bolt suffers because of its “overly squishy brake-pedal feel”, charging time, bumpy ride, and less-than-spectacular seats which brought the overall score down to second place.
The car is powered by a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery technology makes it possible to enjoy Bolt EV for a very long time. Here’s how: The battery chemistry enhances heat resistance, allowing the battery to tolerate heat before using power to cool it down. And an active thermal management system helps manage the battery temperature in extremely hot and cold weather conditions.
The car comes with a 10.2-inch touch screen along with an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster (driver-facing). The vehicle also has a Wi-Fi feature, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE.
The research team also liked that fact that the Bolt only costs about half as much as the Model S. Buying the Bolt Premier package with $875 destination fee ended up costing $43,155. The Model S 75D, which costs more than the Model S 60D starter, came in at $85,670 with destination and documentation fees. Both electric cars are eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.
Tesla has recently begun the production of its Model 3 sedan, which starts at $35,000. Going by EPA ratings, the Long-Range version of the Model 3 sits at the top of the EV pack in terms of cost-effective driving range. At $44,000, and with 310 miles of range, its price-per-mile of the driving range is $141.94. The Chevy Bolt comes in second, at $157.54 per mile, while the base Model 3 follows up at $160.54 per mile. After that, prices jump above the $200 mark, with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric in fourth place at $237.90 per mile.
The Chevrolet Bolt Electric car was named the Green Car Journal’s Car of the Year (2017) and the rivals were also very famous brands such as BMW 330e iPerformance, Toyota Prius Prime, Kia Optima and Chrysler Pacifica.
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