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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Changes are few in number for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV, but significant in importance. Chief among them is a 21-mile increase in range that brings its total to 259 miles – a number better than any non-luxury electric vehicle. There are also enhancements to its DC fast-charging capability that result in as much as 100 miles of range being added back within 30 minutes of charging (previously 90 miles) as well as improved recharging performance in colder temperatures. We were given an ample chance to test both of those improvements. Starting with a full charge in Tacoma, Wash., we would drive out to the Pacific Coast then head south to Astoria, Ore., and on to Portland. That distance equals exactly 238 miles, which definitely would've had us biting our nails in last year's 238-mile Bolt. In theory, then, that extra 21 miles makes all the difference in the world. Alas, electricity is not the same as gasoline, and battery life is susceptible to cooler temperatures. The in-car range meter is therefore showing 199 miles at the start with temperatures in Tacoma hovering unseasonably around 40 degrees and then dropping further as we head toward the coast. Driving like a grandma and keeping the HVAC off would not be enough. An optional DC fast charge along the route suddenly becomes a mandatory one. Before that, however, the 2020 Bolt EV proves that it can still impress despite several years on the market and multiple new competitors. You sit high, and visibility is exceptional, bolstered for 2020 with improved resolution for the standard rearview camera, as well as the optional 360-degree parking camera system and GM's second-generation rearview camera mirror. Stuck in traffic on I-5 through Tacoma (as one always is), the Bolt allows for aggressive regenerative braking and therefore one-pedal driving by selecting L with the obtuse electronic shifter. Besides making for a more pleasant commuting life, it's also the best way to save and regenerate electricity. The battery pack now stores 66 kWh, up from 60, but according to battery cell technical specialist YoungNam Kim, that's the result of rejiggering the ratio of lithium, manganese, cobalt and nickel within each cell. The pack's overall dimensions and weight are the same, as is its positioning at the bottom of the chassis, which results in a solid, buttoned-down feel atypical for cars its size. The Bolt is still tall and notably narrow (you will bump elbows with your passenger), so it's a bit gangly in feel and hardly an electric hot hatch. The novocaine steering certainly doesn't help on that front, either. It is uproariously quick, though, rocketing to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. To be fair, that's basically the same as a Hyundai Kona EV, but the Bolt's rapidity still takes you by surprise – not to mention your passengers and any surrounding motorists not expecting the dorky hatchback next door to blast away. We easily passed a semi on a two-lane road without putting the pedal …
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Changes are few in number for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV, but significant in importance. Chief among them is a 21-mile increase in range that brings its total to 259 miles – a number better than any non-luxury electric vehicle. There are also enhancements to its DC fast-charging capability that result in as much as 100 miles of range being added back within 30 minutes of charging (previously 90 miles) as well as improved recharging performance in colder temperatures. We were given an ample chance to test both of those improvements. Starting with a full charge in Tacoma, Wash., we would drive out to the Pacific Coast then head south to Astoria, Ore., and on to Portland. That distance equals exactly 238 miles, which definitely would've had us biting our nails in last year's 238-mile Bolt. In theory, then, that extra 21 miles makes all the difference in the world. Alas, electricity is not the same as gasoline, and battery life is susceptible to cooler temperatures. The in-car range meter is therefore showing 199 miles at the start with temperatures in Tacoma hovering unseasonably around 40 degrees and then dropping further as we head toward the coast. Driving like a grandma and keeping the HVAC off would not be enough. An optional DC fast charge along the route suddenly becomes a mandatory one. Before that, however, the 2020 Bolt EV proves that it can still impress despite several years on the market and multiple new competitors. You sit high, and visibility is exceptional, bolstered for 2020 with improved resolution for the standard rearview camera, as well as the optional 360-degree parking camera system and GM's second-generation rearview camera mirror. Stuck in traffic on I-5 through Tacoma (as one always is), the Bolt allows for aggressive regenerative braking and therefore one-pedal driving by selecting L with the obtuse electronic shifter. Besides making for a more pleasant commuting life, it's also the best way to save and regenerate electricity. The battery pack now stores 66 kWh, up from 60, but according to battery cell technical specialist YoungNam Kim, that's the result of rejiggering the ratio of lithium, manganese, cobalt and nickel within each cell. The pack's overall dimensions and weight are the same, as is its positioning at the bottom of the chassis, which results in a solid, buttoned-down feel atypical for cars its size. The Bolt is still tall and notably narrow (you will bump elbows with your passenger), so it's a bit gangly in feel and hardly an electric hot hatch. The novocaine steering certainly doesn't help on that front, either. It is uproariously quick, though, rocketing to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. To be fair, that's basically the same as a Hyundai Kona EV, but the Bolt's rapidity still takes you by surprise – not to mention your passengers and any surrounding motorists not expecting the dorky hatchback next door to blast away. We easily passed a semi on a two-lane road without putting the pedal …
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$36,620 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine
MPG 127 City / 108 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 1-spd auto
Power 200 @ rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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