Chevrolet Boosts Range and Appeal of ‘Entry’ EV

Chevrolet has pushed the range of its mass-market long serving BEV, the Chevrolet Bolt, over the magic 250 mile mark.

The distance is often cited as a key to offering adequate peace-of-mind to consumers when considering changing from ICE to battery powertrains. Now the carmaker claims its 2020 model will offer an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge, an increase of 21 miles over the outgoing model.

It says the extra range has been achieved by its battery engineering team improving the energy of the cell electrodes by making small but important changes to the cell chemistry. This allowed the team to find the range increase without needing to change the physical battery pack and the way it is integrated into the vehicle structure.

New Bolt customers have access to Chevrolet’s Energy Assist feature through the myChevrolet mobile app that allows them to view and search for charging stations, plan a trip with multiple waypoints and charging stops, monitor their route, and receive alerts if their destination becomes unreachable. The automaker has also announced a partnership with Qmerit that will enable EV owners to find and obtain quotes from certified electricians to install at-home charging equipment.

Tim Grewe, director of global battery cell engineering and strategy at Chevrolet, said: “The Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10% more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.”

The 2020 Bolt EV will arrive in US dealerships later this year with a starting price of $37,495 (including destination and freight charges, excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees).

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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