Here’s something that’s going to make a lot of Chevy fans happy. The company’s all-electric car, the Chevy Bolt, has won the Consumer Reports range test against the Tesla Model S which has so far been the benchmark for all electric cars. Not only did the Chevy Bolt beat the Tesla Model 3 as far as range is concerned, it even beat the EPA estimate.
The Chevy Bolt has an EPA range of 238 miles on a single charge. Consumer Reports found in its range test of the car that it actually went 250 miles on a single charge.
The Chevy Bolt has beaten the Tesla Model S 75D in the process as well. When Consumer Reports tested that particular variant of the Model S, it did 235 miles on a single charge compared to its EPA estimate of 259 miles.
It’s interesting to note that the Chevy Bolt was actually able to beat the EPA estimate which isn’t an easy thing to. Even gas-powered cars struggle to meet their estimates because they are recorded under conditions that are rarely replicated out on the road.
Consumer Reports was able to beat the EPA estimated range for the Chevy Bolt by primarily driving the car on the highway at a speed of 65 miles per hour with the heating and cooling systems shut off. Consumer Reports does say that there were periods of “mixed driving” during the test.
This hasn’t been enough to knock the Model S from the top spot. Despite this, the Chevy Bolt still trails the Model S in second place on Consumer Reports’ best electric cars list.