The Chevy Bolt electric car outlasts the more illustrious Tesla Model S, according to new tests.
Consumer Reports says the Bolt outperformed expectations and estimates during recent tests. It lasted for 250 miles compared to the EPA estimate of 238 miles on a single charge.
That’s a record for all electric cars the noted consumer champion has reviewed.
Meanwhile, the Model S 75D it was tested against conked out after 235 miles. That’s in comparison with the EPA-estimated 259 miles.
The tests were conducted side-by-side with some mixed-driving conditions, but mainly on the highway.
Given the Model S, on average, costs around twice as much as the Chevrolet, it’s quite an achievement.
However, that wasn’t enough to see the Chevy Bolt overhaul Tesla as CR’s number one electric vehicle. The Bolt now sits at No.2.
The site writes: “Of course, no car is chosen for its range alone. The Bolt EV did so well in CR’s testing that this recommended vehicle now ranks No. 2 among all-electric vehicles, trailing only the far more expensive Tesla Model S. The Bolt gets good marks for range (of course), agility, and its quiet cabin. It gets dinged for its overly squishy brake-pedal feel, long charging time, choppy ride, and uncomfortable seats.”
What about the Model 3?
It’ll be supremely interesting to see how the Bolt fares against Tesla’s new Model 3.
The first production vehicles for the Model 3, priced similarly to the Bolt, began arriving with pre-order customers last week.
It was reported last week the Model 3 will have a 220-mile range as standard, but for an additional $9,000 can be fitted with a 310-mile cell.
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