2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Range-Anxiety From The Cold?
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?