This has made the Bolt the most affordable electric car on the market and a lot more attractive to buyers. Chevy Bolt is a solid contender in the EV market, with a combined EPA range rating of 259 miles (417 km) and a highway range of 233 miles (375 km). Sure, it does not support the latest fast-charging protocols, and its electronics are not up to date. Nevertheless, it delivers plenty of oomph for the price.
Our colleagues at InsideEVs have put the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV to their 70-mph (113-kph) range test. This involved driving the car at a steady 70-mph speed until the battery depleted completely. While not perfect, this test is a good indication of the battery performance when driving at highway speeds, especially as the wind comes into play. It’s probably the most taxing driving condition for an electric vehicle, although the Bolt graduated “cum laude.”
Surprisingly, Chevy Bolt outperformed the EPA rating, with 260.1 miles (419 km) traveled on a single charge. It wasn’t without issues, though, as the Chevy EV does not offer clear indications about the range left. Instead, it displays 20 bars, each representing 5% of the battery. The range estimate disappears when the last bar is reached, and the range drops below 15 miles. This has caused the team to remain stranded on the side of the road with an empty battery and no other solution than a tow truck.