2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

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    2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

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    August 22, 2019



    Chevrolet isn't saying yet exactly what it did to achieve this improvement, but we hear it has to do with new chemistry for the lithium-ion battery pack.
    This range improvement puts the Bolt EV ahead of several competitors from Hyundai, Kia, and Tesla.

    The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV will go further on a charge than before, with the EPA reporting that the electric hatchback's range goes up to 259 miles, from 238. Chevy isn't saying yet exactly what caused this 8 percent improvement, but we hear that new battery chemistry is at play. Previously, the Bolt EV used a 60.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    The 8% jump would have taken the (discontinued 2019) Volt to 57.24 miles - more than enough for the average commute using both heat and air conditioning. Great news for the Bolt though.

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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quite honestly, I've never seen one on the road.

    How can't they sell more of these?
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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    Quite honestly, I've never seen one on the road.

    How can't they sell more of these?
    GM has no clue how to advertise their products. If I were Mary Barra, I would fire the person responsible for marketing it's products.

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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    I've seen a few on the road. For its class, it looks pretty good vs. some of the styling weirdness from Asia.

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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by Al465 View Post
    GM has no clue how to advertise their products. If I were Mary Barra, I would fire the person responsible for marketing it's products.
    Marketing dollars are allocated to the highest profit making products. Bolt isn't one of them. It is just there as a place holder in the EV space and GM could care if they never sold even one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I've seen a few on the road. For its class, it looks pretty good vs. some of the styling weirdness from Asia.
    Yeah, not my kind of vehicle, but decent looking for its purpose.

    I think at least part of the Camaro's problems are poor/non-existent marketing.

    And that they couldn't sell 10x as many Volts as they did is a total marketing failure, IMO. It was a perfect electric car. Get you most places only on battery, but with no range limit. And both generations were pretty nice looking. I guarantee you that there are still a lot of people who think that a Volt can run 40-60 miles and then die, and a lot of them probably drive a Prius.
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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    Quite honestly, I've never seen one on the road.

    How can't they sell more of these?
    Head to the parking lot at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Or the lot at Tanger Outlets. There are Level 2 EV charging station at those locations. Maybe a couple Chevy Bolts are getting some juice there.

    In all seriousness, EVs are quite rare in the U.S. outside California, the other states that adhere to CARB Section 177 regulations, along with Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. Without subsidies and mandates, the business case for EVs remains tenuous. That's why GM can't sell more Bolts.

    Within that context, Chevy Bolt is doing quite well. For the first seven months of 2019, Bolt is the best selling BEV in the U.S. market from a real automaker, and the second best selling plug-in vehicle.
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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    Quite honestly, I've never seen one on the road.

    How can't they sell more of these?
    Perhaps its your market. I see them all the time here.. and when I go up to NYC, Providence and Boston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMiatso DaBang View Post
    Perhaps its your market. I see them all the time here.. and when I go up to NYC, Providence and Boston.
    True. Didn't they originally start selling these in California? I just thought that after all this time, you'd see more of them.

    Where I live, Hilton Head Island, would be a great place to have an all-electric car. Tons of Teslas here (tons of money here too, sadly little of it mine). it's a small island and everything is pretty close together - restaurants, shopping, golf - and a lot of people just don't need to drive many miles. I've gone from a average of 28K miles per year from 1986-2016 to 10K a year living here and working from home. And a whole lot of my 10K a year is driving just for the fun of driving.
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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by CMiatso DaBang View Post
    Perhaps its your market. I see them all the time here.. and when I go up to NYC, Providence and Boston.
    The City of New York must own 100s of them - Example:











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    Re: 2020 Bolt EV Range Increases to 259 Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by CMiatso DaBang View Post
    Perhaps its your market. I see them all the time here.. and when I go up to NYC, Providence and Boston.
    See quite a few all over Virginia. Mainly in Richmond and Northern Va. See more Teslas by far tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksr View Post
    True. Didn't they originally start selling these in California? I just thought that after all this time, you'd see more of them.
    Correct. The first three Chevrolet Bolts sold to retail customers were all delivered at Fremont Chevrolet in Fremont, California back in December 2016:


    Visit the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area, and you'll see LOTS of Bolts. In some neighborhoods, Bolts are more common than T1XX Silverados!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    The City of New York must own 100s of them - Example:

    Further south, the city of Hyattsville, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.) also ordered a fleet of Bolts for police duty:

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    Head to the parking lot at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Or the lot at Tanger Outlets. There are Level 2 EV charging station at those locations. Maybe a couple Chevy Bolts are getting some juice there.

    In all seriousness, EVs are quite rare in the U.S. outside California, the other states that adhere to CARB Section 177 regulations, along with Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. Without subsidies and mandates, the business case for EVs remains tenuous. That's why GM can't sell more Bolts.

    Within that context, Chevy Bolt is doing quite well. For the first seven months of 2019, Bolt is the best selling BEV in the U.S. market from a real automaker, and the second best selling plug-in vehicle.
    The “Bolt may be the best selling BEV in the U.S. market from a real automaker” - but only sells about 1,000 - 1,300 units per month. What is Tesla considered?

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