Chevy Bolt Faces The Tesla Model S 75D In CR’s Range Test

The Chevrolet Bolt is a competitor to the newly launched Tesla Model 3, but Consumer Reports wanted to see how its range compares to that of a Tesla Model S.

And they did so by pitting the two electric vehicles against each other on the same pre-determined highway route, at a speed of 65mph (105km/h), with their air conditioning turned off.

Before checking out the footage that has a clear winner, we will remind you that the Chevrolet Bolt can travel up to 238 miles (383km) on a single charge, thanks to its 60kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the electric motor. Prices for the GM-made vehicle start from $37,495, before the federal tax credit.

The Tesla Model S, in the 75D flavor, on the other hand, uses a 75kWh battery that allows it to travel up to 259 miles (417km), in-between charges. Prices for this version start from $69,500, with two-wheel drive, while the all-wheel drive model can be had from $74,500. The automaker is also offering it with a 100kWh battery, which raises the range up to 335 miles (539km), but this costs at least $97,500.

So the Tesla Model S 75D should travel more on a single charge, right? Well, you’ll have to watch the video for yourselves to see which of the two has the better range.

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  • Jesse Parkes

    CR how about actually testing against the correct Tesla model?

    Tesla model 3: 310mpg @44k before incentives.

    • FoxJ30

      They probably will (my guess would be a Tesla 3 with the 220mi battery pack). It just so happens that the correct Tesla probably won’t be available for another year.

    • eb110americana

      Given that 238 mi Chevy range goes further than 259 mi Tesla range, this bodes well for the Bolt versus a Model 3–at least at steady freeway speeds.

  • GobbleUp

    Poorly done test for headlines only. A CR specialty.

  • I’D STILL TAKE THE MODEL S.

  • Michael Kenoyer

    I was just wondering if you turned on Range Mode on the Model S. Turning on that mode will optimize range and should give better results for the Tesla

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