2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Takes The 800-Mile Long Range Driving Test

Mar 17, 2017 10:40 AM EDT | Yen Palec

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is considered as a formidable choice when it comes to electronic vehicles. With the electric car industry growing in unprecedented terms, the Bolt EV can stand on its own against Tesla and other motor company that is joining the fray.

In a recent test conducted by Green Car Report, they put the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to the ultimate challenge, an 800-mile long distance trip and see how the electric car will fare. It is important to note that the current generation Bolt EV has a mileage rating of 238 miles. In order to carry out the test, the team have to carefully plan the route to be taken.

On his report, the Bolt EV driver wrote, "Our trip back took 11.5 hours with all the charging stops. The total charging cost was $88.00. Comparing this to a 5-hour trip in a gasoline car along Interstate 55, it becomes hard to justify the extra mile - especially when using a gasoline car would have cost about the same."

The conclusion to the test is fairly obvious from the get-go. Electric cars, like the Bolt EV, takes a time to charge and could sometimes border to impractical especially when the time is of the essence. According to Forbes, range and mileage are still a serious factor when picking a particular electric car model. Moreover, the charging cost could equally end up being the same amount when gasoline is used, based on the test.

The test also pointed out some serious capability issues with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, especially when compared to a Tesla Model S. For one, the Bolt EV lacks some autonomous driving features, something that has been a staple to Tesla cars. Nevertheless, Chevrolet claims that the company is working on its own autonomous driving feature and it might soon find its way to future Bolt models.

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