Until now Chevrolet has not made many changes to its Bolt EV since launching it a couple years ago, but that is about to change. Chevrolet has confirmed the 2020 Bolt EV will offer 259 miles of driving range, up from 238 on the 2019 model.
The increase slots the 2020 Bolt EV above the base Tesla Model 3, which offers 220 miles. It even allows the Bolt to best the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which can move 240 miles before needing a charge. That said, Bolt EV still falls short of the Model 3 Long Range’s 310 mile rating.
Chevy says the boost in range is coming from new chemistry its utilizing in the Bolt’s battery pack. Changes in chemistry improved the energy of the cell electrodes, allowing the battery to increase to 66-kWh versus the previous 60-kWh. Despite the denser energy, the physical footprint of the pack remains unchanged.
Bolt continues to be powered by a single electric drive motor, which offers 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to send the 2020 Bolt EV from zero to 60 mph in about 7.0 seconds.
The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV will carry a base price of $37,495 including destination, which is unchanged from the 2019 model. Aside from one new exterior color, there are no other significant changes on the 2020 model.