The discrepancy between advertised and real-world range of any given electric vehicle is usually a hot topic when it gets really cold. In frosty conditions, how much of an EVs total range is retained? How does the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt answer this question?

One report from the Detroit Free Press sought an answer, but was unsuccessful in reaching a definite conclusion as the tested Bolt was ultimately rear-ended, though fortunately no one was hurt.

The test yielded a total range of close to but less than 200 miles, which is considerably short of GM’s promise of 238 miles on a single charge of the Bolt’s 60kWh battery.

What the test did prove is how tough the electric hatch is, so those who’re concerned about safety should have their worries allayed. In any case, the Bolt performed admirably because after all, there aren’t any alternatives at the moment that deliver 200 miles for a price below $30,000 (after $7,500 tax credit).

How do you think the Bolt would perform in frosty weather? Without interruptions from unforeseen mishaps, do you think the newly launched Nissan Leaf rival would be able to return at least 200 miles on a single charge?


Jesse Collette · December 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

The rear-end collision brings up an interesting question: do the break lights come on when you lift your foot off of the accelerator? If not, perhaps they should.

    andy Baker · December 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

    They do, as did they on GM’s Spark EV.

Sa · December 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

This article shows most general public don’t understand EV and put the unfair burden on GM. Why don’t people ask Tesla the same question. In terms of driving range, EV is kind of similar to conventional gas engines or even hybrid. There is NO sicentific reliable number for the range because there are so many factors affecting the range. Weather is just one of them. The driving condition like the rush hour jam will influence it. The environmental condition like hills and mountains will impact it. The driver behavior like heavy footers who are hard on paddles will significantly reduce it.

Hugo Ahlquist · December 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

One factor that is not mentioned is the use of heating and defrosting during Winter weather, especially in the North, significantly reducing battery power reserves.

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