When the Chevy Bolt EV hit showrooms in 2017, it revolutionized the electric-vehicle game with its 238-mile driving range and sub-$30,000 price tag after tax rebates. It has since fallen behind the 240-mile Tesla Model S and has the new Nissan LEAF e+ hot on its heels, so it will go through a range-enhancing battery update just in time for the 2020 Bolt EV to arrive.
Except for two new color options – Cayenne Orange Metallic and Oasis Blue – the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV’s body will be identical to the current model. The Bolt’s toned-down design has been a breath of fresh air, as its traditional looks avoid the polarizing design this segment has long attracted. Instead, the 2020 Bolt EV will arrive as a simple hatchback with only a few cues indicating it status as an electric vehicle.
On the inside, the Bolt EV will continue with its more modern interior that gives away its secret EV identity with a digital dash that shows its range and other green-friendly stats, and electronic gear shifter. Despite these dead giveaways, the Bolt EV’s cabin is still far from polarizing, and the 2020 Bolt will continue this trend.
Driving the 2020 Bolt EV will be the same electric motor churning out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and zipping this hatchback to 60 mph in under six seconds. The significant powertrain change will be its 259-mile driving range – a 21-mile increase – which will push it past the 240-mile Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and widens its lead against the 226-mile LEAF e+. What’s more, this updated range required only chemical updates inside the battery’s cells, meaning there are no physical changes to the battery pack.
The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV just missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to “Poor” ratings in the headlight test. The current Bolt received “Good” marks in all IIHS crash tests and a “Superior” rating in front-crash prevention with its optional low-speed automatic emergency braking. We expect all these ratings to remain the same in the 2020 Bolt EV.
Pricing & Release Date
Chevy expects to have the 2020 Bolt EV in showrooms in late 2019.
Pricing will start from $37,495 before any rebates (including destination fee). That’s the same starting price as the current Bolt, making the range increase a free upgrade.
Pictured: 2020 Bolt EV