Today Chevrolet announced Bolt’s EPA range and efficiency:
- Range (EPA): overall is 238 miles (383 km); city is 256 miles (412 km) and highway is 220 miles (354 km)
- Efficiency (EPA): combined is 119 MPGe (17,6 kWh/100 km); city is 128 MPGe (16,4 kWh/100 km) and highway is 110 MPGe (19 kWh/100 km). If you want to know how I converted MPGe to a more logic kWh/100 km check here
The EPA figures announced were a very good surprise. They make the Chevrolet Bolt EV the second most efficient electric car sold in the USA, only behind the ultra efficient BMW i3. At least until the Hyundai IONIQ EV’s EPA rate is announced.
I was surprised to know that the Chevrolet Bolt EV despite being heavier and less aerodynamic than the Nissan Leaf, is more efficient. GM and LG Chem did a great job building a ultra efficient powertrain.
Now the EPA figures confirm that the Bolt EV has more than double the range of the Nissan Leaf with the 30 kWh battery, it’s easy to guess that the Opel Ampera-e will surpass the 500 km NEDC range.
To remain on top the Renault-Nissan Alliance, not only has to deliver the 43 kWh batteries for the facelifted Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe, but also has to make efficiency tweaks such as weight reduction and better aerodynamics. The use of lightweight materials like aluminium for the external moving parts (doors and the hood) is a no-brainer. This is what Chevrolet did with the Bolt EV and what Hyundai did with the IONIQ.
Now what I would like to see is the Opel Ampera-e charging at the 150 kW rated CCS DC fast chargers already operating in Switzerland. I’m pretty confident that it will surpass the 50 kW rate.
Chevrolet also gave us ten videos dedicated to the Bolt in its YouTube channel, feel free to check them in the link at the bottom.