When General Motors CEO introduced the production version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle at CES in January, she said it would go at least 320 kilometres on a full battery charge.
Now the company says it will exceed those expectations. The 2017 Bolt will have an estimated range of 383 kilometres, based on US EPA standards.
That range will go beyond most customers’ average daily driving needs with plenty of room to spare, the company says.
It will also exceed the 345 km range stated for the much-ballyhooed Tesla Model 3, which is expected to be priced in a similar range but isn’t expected to arrive until a year or more later.
The Bolt EV will go on sale at select Canadian Chevrolet dealerships early in 2017.
Canadian pricing has not yet been released but unofficial estimates put it around $46,500, before application of any government incentives. GM initially said it would cost $37,500 USD in the United States.
EV buyers won’t be able to find a better value for an all-electric, thrill-inducing ride offering plenty of range, cargo space, technology and safety features that make the Bolt EV a great package for any driver, GM says.
“The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. Time will tell if he’s right.