GM Claims Chevy Bolt Can Go 238 Miles Without A Charge

DETROIT (AP) – 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.

The Bolt goes on sale later this year for about $37,500 before a $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit. 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 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 per charge, but it starts at $134,500 without the credit.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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  1. Gary says:

    And both cars are priced about double of what their worth. You’re not paying for these for what they cost plus mark up, but by how much you can save on fuel costs. You’re spending more money one way or another with these cars. They also don’t figure the cost of charging as PG&E keeps raising those costs.

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