GM's electric Chevy Bolt to go 238 miles per charge

GM's electric Chevy Bolt to go 238 miles per charge
In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo, the Chevrolet Bolt EV debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Chevrolet Bolt, General Motors' Tesla-fighting electric hatchback for the masses, will be able to go 238 miles on a single charge. The car beats the base rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model S, which can go 210 miles per charge but costs about $28,500 more. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The Chevrolet Bolt, General Motors' Tesla-fighting electric hatchback for the masses, will be able to go 238 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge.

The car beats the base rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model S, which can go 210 miles (336 kilometers) per charge but costs about $28,500 more.

The Bolt goes on sale later this year for about $37,500 before a $7,500 federal electric vehicle . It's the first mass-market electric vehicle to cross the 200-mile (322-kilometer) range, a range that will meet or exceed almost every person's daily driving needs.

GM says the Bolt's range was determined in testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It takes 9.3 hours to recharge a Bolt from near empty on a 240-Volt home charger, the company said.

The Bolt also will be able to get software fixes over the internet, Pam Fletcher, GM's executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, said at a recent conference.

Tesla's lowest-cost Model S is $66,000 before the credit. Late next year, Tesla plans to start selling the more affordable Model 3. At $35,000 before the credit, it will cost less than the Bolt and is expected to go 215 miles (346 kilometers) per charge.

The Palo Alto, California, company makes cars that travel farther than the Bolt, but they come at a price. The new Model S P100D can go about 315 miles (507 kilometers) per charge, but it starts at $134,500 without the .


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Sep 13, 2016
This is Great! Finally we are seeing electric vehicles with decent range AND reasonable cost. I think we will be seeing more electrics being purchased in the next few years.

Sep 13, 2016
But they are still not good for travel. They are only good for around town. Until there is massive infrastructure upgrades so people can get recharged anywhere, these are in town vehicles only. I can't afford a car for travel and a car for around town. My cars need to do both. I live in Texas. 238 miles is a short jaunt around the corner here. Electric cars are still not usable for me.

Sep 13, 2016
I don't know what you're talking about. I could use this car to travel the world.

Step 1: Drive to the airport.
Step 2: Fly to destination.

Seriously... where are you trying to go? Do you really have so much time on your hands that you can waste it spending hours upon hours on the road?

Or... drive for 300km, check into hotel, with the car on a charger, wake up and drive another 300 km. Go shopping, have lunch with the car on the charger, do another 150km.

How far are you actually going?

Sep 13, 2016
Yep 238 miles and they did it with no seats, jack, or spare tire, and all the carpet pulled out.

Sep 13, 2016
This is Great! Finally we are seeing electric vehicles with decent range AND reasonable cost. I think we will be seeing more electrics being purchased in the next few years.

Uh huh. Tell us, when you plug it, from what do you imagine the electricity is generated?

Sep 14, 2016
Uh huh. Tell us, when you plug it, from what do you imagine the electricity is generated?

Well in my case, my province uses tax dollars to build power plants, for profit private companies run those power plants and then we sell the power we can't use on to neighboring states and provinces at a loss, which is topped up by my tax dollars again to make sure the for profit company stays profitable.

I could use that power and save a load of tax dollars.

Sep 16, 2016
"Uh huh. Tell us, when you plug it, from what do you imagine the electricity is generated?" Hamster wheels. Like the one that spins sporadically inside your skull and compels you to post mindless drivel here again and again.

Sep 17, 2016
I'd anticipated the larger, deep-pocketed auto manufacturers would surpass Tesla when it came to a mass-market automobile. Tesla's early lead was for a smaller target market that wasn't worth the larger automobile's company's investment. Tesla never made a profitable automobile without the benefit of California's zero emission program which provided Tesla with tax credits that other automobile manufacturers had to buy if they didn't meet the zero emission standards of the state of California for their fleet. In the last year they still benefited from this same program, Tesla couldnt' even make a profit. But Tesla's long term plan was never to remain competitive in auto manufacturing but to transition to selling electric automobile manufacturers with the batteries they will be needing.

Sep 17, 2016
Tesla has the Model 3 which will start shipping next year and will get at least 210 miles of range and cost about the same as the Bolt. I'm not sure about the Bolt, but Tesla does have superchargers all over the world now - there is no problem traveling coast to coast. The superchargers can add up to 150 miles of range in just 20 minutes. So, yes that's a little slower than gas but it's also currently free. Even if they charged 15cents per KWHr that's equivalent to less than $1/gallon.

The Tesla model S was rated by consumer reports as the best car they have ever tested, period. The electric motor delivers better performance and is much smaller. The batteries give the car a very low center of gravity, so it handles better. It is in every way superior except for a little longer re-fuel time required on long trips, in every day use you always have a full tank and never need to go to the gas station.

They already have pre-orders for 300,000 model 3's...

Sep 17, 2016
Like VHS moved to DVD's and then moved to streaming. If this follows the normal tech curve for adoption... All new cars sold will be electric in just 12 years.

Sep 22, 2016
Tesla has the Model 3 which will start shipping next year and will get at least 210 miles of range and cost about the same as the Bolt.... The superchargers can add up to 150 miles of range in just 20 minutes...


210 miles at 70 miles/h is 3 hours of driving. I don't know about most people, but I'd love to get out, have a pee, stretch my legs and maybe do some shopping or see some sights after 3 hours of driving. I'm sure I could find something to do for 20 minutes easy.

Sep 28, 2016
It is correct that these present cars are not very good for long trips in extreme weather, for battery reasons. But once you drive one, you will not go back to stinking, mechanical, maintenance-intensive ICE.

Ours is charged with our PV panels. How does antigore travel? On a stinking Diesel?

Sep 29, 2016
Ours is charged with our PV panels
And how is your magical cow charged? Does it have a tail with a plug on it or does it just stand out in the sun like supergirl?

You just love to lie dont you?

Nov 06, 2016
President O wants to put 2500 miles of roadways on line with charging stations every 50 miles. I wonder if the bolt can quick charge like a Tesla.

BTW, I would drive my electric to the nearby local airport (12 miles and 25 min) and board my $19,000 1967 Piper 140 Cherokee to travel beyond 200 miles. It is faster, and much less traffic. Gets about 12 mpg but a typical 350 mile road trip (North VA to Cleveland, OH) is now 249.5 miles (no tolls). 350mi./ 25 mpg (my 2008 Cadillac) is 14 gal. vs. 20.8 gal in the air. Drive time is 6 hours vs 2.5 air hours (add 0.5 hrs to take off and land). Call my daughter to pick me up.

All sorts of trade offs to look at.

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