August 7th, 2017 by

The Chevrolet Bolt has set the mark for all-electric-vehicle range in Consumer Reports’ testing, by reaching 250 miles on a single charge.

The Bolt is estimated to reach 238 miles by the Environmental Protection Agency. In Consumer Reports’ testing, electric vehicles tend to fall short of their EPA-estimated range, including the:

  • 2016 Tesla Model S 75D, 235 miles achieved vs. 259-mile EPA estimate
  • 2016 Tesla Model X 90D, 230 miles achieved vs. 257-mile EPA estimate

In their electric-vehicle range test, Consumer Reports put the Bolt up head to head with their 2016 Tesla Model S 75D. The Tesla died at 235 miles, while the Bolt motored on for another 15 miles.

How the Cars Were Tested

Consumer Reports’ electric-vehicle range test involved some mixed driving, but much of it was done by driving at the constant speed of 65 mph on the highway. To ensure repeatability, the CR tests were also done with the air conditioning and heat off. This is because hard acceleration, and running a HVAC system can cut the electric range significantly.


If you are looking for affordability in an all electric vehicle, the Bolt is very hard to beat. When it comes to price, you could just about buy two Bolt EV’s for the price of one Tesla Model S 75D.

If you are an interested in test driving a new Bolt EV, stop in today, or check out our available inventory here.

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