Will the 2017 Chevy Bolt have just five mile less range than a Tesla Model S 70D?
That’s unknown, but according to a just-for-fun Nissan Leaf / Chevy Bolt mashup video, a journalist said he was told at CES last month in Las Vegas the Bolt is good for 235 miles range.
“The Bolt, according to Chevy, has a range of 235 miles,” said The Fast Lane Car’s Roman Mica (see 1:29-forward) following a Chevrolet test drive event in a parking lot.
Who at Chevrolet let slip this data point is not clear. Until now, the automaker has hedged saying the Bolt would deliver north of 200 miles from its 60-kwh battery, but otherwise the precise EPA combined estimate has yet to be divulged – and it still hasn’t.
A veteran journalist, in the course of doing the whimsically themed mashup, Mica did not give more details on the 235 estimate.
Unknown is whether “235” was a mistake, or a reference an over-excited media rep or product specialist let fly for a city estimated number, or whether this is what the automaker expects for combined EPA.
Also, the cars at CES were pre-production units. As it is, 235 miles is one more than the EPA rates a 234-mile estimated 2016 Tesla Model S, five under the 70D AWD, and not far behind a 90-kwh Model X with 257 miles.
Of course those are larger, faster, more luxurious vehicles, but the range of Chevy’s Bolt which the automaker describes as a roomy for five is significant, if correct.