Chevrolet increases Bolt battery capacity to 65 kWh which, according to the EPA drives range to 417 km from 383 km
For the 2020 model year, GM has decided to increase its only 100% electric vehicle’s battery capacity. Although GM’s not made the official announcement, the EPA has recently added the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt to its database. The noted range is of 259 miles (417 km) up from the 2019 Bolt which held a 238-mile (383 km) range.
According to insideevs.com, GM, and Chevrolet, more than likely the existing lithium-ion battery cells with new, more energy-dense units, increasing the battery’s capacity to 65 kWh compared to the previous car’s 60 kWh capacity.
In doing so, its newfound 34 km of range has inched the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt to the top of the conventional EV range, erm, range. The champion was the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV which features a 258-mile or 413 kilometres range. Insideevs.com thinks, and we agree, this was the goal. Whether this means that a mid-cycle refresh is still years away, we can’t be sure. Remember, the Bolt as we know it arrived for the 2017 model year.
Moreover, the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt will now have more range than the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (386 kilometres). The Bolt also surpasses the Nissan LEAF PLUS (215 miles or 363 kilometres) although that was already the case with the Bolt’s previous 383-kilometre range.
Chevy engineers increased the Bolt’s battery capacity to 65 kWh from 60 kWh, but they didn’t have to change the battery’s size or the structure of the vehicle. Power is still rated at 200 hp with torque set at 266 pound-feet.
Two new colors are also added to the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt lineup.
The Bolt is still one of the most fun to drive and dynamic EVs you can buy. The heavy battery sits low and in the middle of the car which translates into great handling and surprising performance with decent accelerations as well. The Bolt isn’t as fun and sporty as a Model 3, but it’s the best of the rest in that department.