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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Listed On EPA Website With 259 Miles Of Range

For the 2019 model year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is capable of 238 miles on a complete charge of the 60-kWh battery. But the Environmental Protection Agency has news about the all-electric hatchback as General Motors stays quiet, namely 259 miles for the 2020 model year.
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This change would put the Bolt ahead of a few competitors such as the Tesla Model 3 rear-wheel drive with the Standard Range Plus option (240 miles) and Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles). Given the modest increase in range, there’s no denying the cells in the 2020 model year are more energy-dense than the current lot thanks to the know-how of LG Chem.
 
Theoretically speaking, the battery’s capacity could reach 65 kWh if the math is right. On the other hand, do remember the Bolt is a bit of a commercial failure because General Motors didn’t give the subcompact runabout too much attention to detail. You’d expect an EV that retails at $36,620 excluding freight to come with fast charging, but that’s not the case.
 
Upgrading to DC fast charging translates to $750 on top of the starting price, be it the LT or the Premier trim levels of the Bolt. It’s very uncanny for General Motors to be this greedy at this price point, but then again, what did you expect from the automaker who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the automotive industry crisis of 2008 and 2009?
 
As you can tell from the screenshot of the EPA listing, not photograph is available for the 2020 model year. This might be an indicator that Chevy will operate a few cosmetic tweaks to the Bolt, but in truth, the car needs a better interior and more space for both the front and rear occupants.

Assembled at the Orion plant in Michigan, the 2020 Bolt should launch in the third quarter of 2019 for the U.S. market. The battery and drive unit, on the other hand, are made in South Korea.

 
 
 
 
 

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