Bolt EV Gets More Range for 2020

The EPA has recently posted range figures for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. And the little electric will go further now. Nearly 20 miles more. Though we’re not yet sure why.

The new listing puts the Bolt EV at 259 miles of range for 2020. That’s up from 238 for 2019. It’s an eight-percent improvement, but we’re not sure exactly why. Especially since the efficiency ratings show a slightly lower 118 MPGe equivalent vs the 119 of 2019.

As far as increases go, it moves the Bolt EV up the list of competitive range EVs. It’s now a single mile ahead of the Hyundai Kona electric, 16 up on the Kia Soul EV, and 19 more than the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range option.

If the electric motor isn’t changed, then there is likely some sort of difference in the battery. Car and Driver reports that there’s a new chemistry involved, along with a lack of changes in the 2020 order guide. that chemistry change could raise the 60.0kWh lithium-ion pack’s capacity or just its usable capacity. We’ve reached out to GM for more details and will update if we get anything from Chevrolet.

Car and Driver