Chevrolet Details 2020 Bolt, Confirms 259 Mile Range

Following a report earlier today, Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2020 Bolt.

The big news, as expected, is an increased range of 259 miles (417 km). That’s a 21 mile (34 km) improvement over its predecessor and Chevrolet says the extra range will enable the model to be even more appealing as it will allow customers to travel further between recharging sessions.

The extra range was made possible due to improvements made to the chemistry of the battery’s cells. This means Chevrolet was able to increase the car’s range by nearly ten percent without having to change the physical battery pack.

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In a statement, GM’s director of global battery cell engineering and strategy 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 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year.” Tim Grewe added “We’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range” so out team “worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.”

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt will arrive at dealerships later this year and pricing starts at $37,495 – including destination and freight charges. That’s the same price as its predecessor so if you’re in the market for a Bolt, you’d be crazy not the wait until the 2020 model arrives.

There doesn’t appear to be any other significant changes, but Chevrolet confirmed there will be two new colors including Oasis Blue and Cayenne Orange Metallic.  The latter is an extra cost option.

  • Six_Tymes

    a shame more people don’t embrace this, its one of the best EV’s around. My neighbor has one after owning a prius, its impressive. If GM has a good lease program, my wife will check this out.

    • Alduin

      GM=Garbage Motors.

    • db

      I doubt you will see a “good lease” program only because the technology on the EVs is still unfolding and after a few years, all these present day EVs will outdated.

      Kinda sorta like the idea of why they don’t lease smartphones.

  • Super Rob

    If you want an EV just buy a used Leaf. Plenty off lease with low miles for around $13k.

    • Yes. Could be. But what about the range?

    • diesel_vdub

      Yes, but new they have an approximately 100 mile range… how reduced is that range after 3 years or more?

      • HD

        Depends on the model year and car to car. If you need short city rides even an old Leaf is sufficient.

        • diesel_vdub

          True, but it still doesn’t make a used Leaf comparable to a new Bolt that has approximately 250 mile range. Suggesting they should be cross shopped is just silly.

    • Alduin

      Nissan Queefs are garbage cars. Terrible resale and awful range.

  • Reader 10,000

    Still no adaptive cruise control?

    • Dude

      Nope and it’s still and incredibly stupid omission

    • Alduin

      Then the price would be $50k.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        No it wouldn’t.

        The Civic has it for $20,000.

    • db

      Methinks GM isn’t dressing the Bolt up too much so they can keep the price at an easier entry point.
      Weren’t they losing money on every Bolt they sold previously?

  • Paul

    I guess a 21 mile range improvement is better than a poke in the eye.

    • Alduin

      It’ll still leave you stranded like a Tesla.

  • Alduin

    Who cars? This car sucks. Who buys these Bolts,Volts and Priuses anyways? Ugly cars for stupid and ugly people.

    • db

      “Stupid and ugly people” have green money just like everyone else’s.

  • ThatGuy

    Price still my concern, range and charging time.

    Let me explain, with regards to range, i understand if you live close to work this works great, cool. Most people dont its a bit of a commute or alot of traffic, killing range. Forget to charge one night, boom you in shat. 8 hour charging time means boom you cant go in because you forgot that one time.

    Range killed off in real world, traffic and use of the aircon, radio and other items makes this less viable for most.

    Price – people say cheap for an EV, which means jack when its expensive for most of their target market. Cheap is generic term they use as there are not many EV and they are “breaking Ground” as we move into an electric future.
    Come on, lets not fool ourselves with semantics. It more expensive than a Golf GTi.

    Until there is a proper cheap electric alternative, the EV option is not viable to the masses.

    I know in the future there will be, but right now nope.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I agree that $37K is a bit high for the average person but not way out there. And with 259 miles of range, it ought to work for 95% of commutes. I’m 9 miles away so I could forget for a few nights but we’re all pretty used to charging things overnight by now.

      • ThatGuy

        I agree with all being used to the charging, with regards to your car it becomes tricky if you anything like me, it means i tend to forget so the charge up time will hurt getting to work. Cause between kids and home chores i get wrapped and its is easy to forget

        This could work for my wife as she, like you, is very close to work, my wife is 5 miles from work but the traffic bogs down and she spends the same amount of time i do in traffic and im 32 miles from work.
        But for that price i could get her a new small car for half the price being a Renault Clio, Micra, Polo, Yaris, Mazda 2 or Honda Jazz/Fit. which all are very light on fuel.

        My wife loves the small cars, she is not set on an SUV or MPV. Too big in her opinion, since we have to kids her Clio has more than enough space.

        Sx T T. you know what i have noticed with regards to car prices,most people are so shocked. I am too, cars are in another sphere with pricing and people want to afford a car without sacrificing our conveniences, being eating out, spending on nice small items and doing a weekend trip with the fam.
        Cars want to push the budget way out, and i always say be wise with vehicle purchases.

  • wait a minute

    just as we they heard their customers ‘desire for more range’ as their battery designers were twiddling their thumbs doing nothing.

  • ok, cool, not much, but cool.

    arguably this isn’t going to do anything if GM doesn’t advertise the thing…

  • Six Thousand Times

    I wish they did a sexier one.

    • ThatGuy

      LOL this is also what i thought.
      I know they say you get what you pay for and a nice design would be more expensive. But still even with the dimensions of this car, you can surely make a slightly nicer design offering.

      And the leaf….. wow……

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