Since arriving in 2017, the Chevy Bolt EV has shaken up the electric-vehicle segment. It was the first sub-$30,000 EV (after federal incentives) that delivered a 200-mile range and offered surprisingly quick acceleration, which forced all other EV manufacturers to catch up. The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV looks to continue to put pressure on the EV segment with an improved battery pack that delivers more range while undercutting Tesla’s pricing.
For the most part, the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV will remain the same, which is no shock because its traditional hatchback style offends no one and its roomy cabin proves quite useful. Under its skin, though, the Bolt EV’s battery will go through a transformation.
The 2020 Bolt EV’s battery will receive chemical updates that result in a 21-mile range enhancement without changing the physical composition of the pack. This will increase the 2020 Bolt EV’s range to an impressive 259 miles, pushing it past the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus’ 240-mile range and widening the gap between it and the 226-mile Nissan LEAF e+.
Though the 2020 Bolt EV puts a dent in its lead, the Tesla Model 3 remains at the top of the class with its 310-mile Long Range trim, but that rig checks in with a base MSRP of $47,990.
The 2020 Chevy Bolt EV will arrive later in 2019 with a $37,495 MSRP (including destination fees), which is the same price as the 2019 model, making the extra range a freebie. This gives it a $2,695 advantage over the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, but falls short of the LEAF e+ by $50.