Chevrolet Bolt Delivers Jolt To Tesla — Time For A Range War

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Chevrolet's upcoming Bolt electric hatchback is set to hit the streets of the United States soon and it has recently been to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get its range certified.

Now the EPA has declared that the Bolt has joined one other electric car as the only electric cars to have a range in excess of 200m/h (322km/h).

The Bolt has an EPA estimated range of 383 kilometres (238 miles), when it hits the streets later this year.

The 383 kilometer range is 63 kilometers more than Chevrolet's own expected range for the car. At its unveil, Chevy claimed that the Bolt would manage around 320 kilometres on a single charge.

The Bolt's estimated EPA range makes it the second car after the Tesla Model S to cross the 320 kilometre (200 miles) mark.

The base 60kWh (same battery size as the Bolt) Model S has an EPA range of 210 miles (338 kilometres).

What makes the Bolt's range even more worrying for the Tesla is the fact that the Bolt will beat Tesla's own range estimate for the upcoming Model 3.

Tesla estimates that the Model 3 has a range of 215 miles (346 kilometres). Tesla will hope that the Bolt's upgraded estimate story comes true for the Model 3 as well otherwise they will have around 400,000 unhappy customers come 2018.

For now, Chevy can pat itself on the back for a job well done, as it waits with baited breath to the response of the American public to the $30,000(Rs. 20.07 lakh) hatchback when it hits the streets at the end of the year.

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