2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 621.4 Mile (1,000 km) Challenge

I took the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV on a 621.4 mile loop to test how quickly it can travel. I’m hoping this can provide a good data point and comparison to Bjorn Nyland’s 1,000 km speed challenges, where he tests how quickly he can travel in modern EVs.

For this trip, I did stick to the posted speed limits; however, I selected a route that would enable me to drive faster than the posted speed limits in many regions. The route also presented additional challenges, such as massive elevation increases, wind, and near freezing temperatures.

I hope this provides a helpful data point, and I might make this trip in other EVs in the future.

27 Replies to “2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 621.4 Mile (1,000 km) Challenge”

  1. Brian W.

    I've watched a lot of the Bjorn videos you mentioned; one of the negatives is the weather here in SoCal is so different from Northern Europe it makes me think his mileage claims are not transferable to this area. Also, the warmer weather here is on some cars a battery longevity killer.

  2. LA drake us

    wow! 11hrs. it take me 13hrs to round trip to drive 4rm Victorville to Stockton ca. when i have to go pick up my daughters and thats a 684 mile drive, not to mention the $210.00 in gas. and thats why i decided to get me a 2018 Chevy volt.great video.

  3. Jon Snow

    I think the speed of the trip depends really on how quickly you can charge to 80 or 90% and how far the charging stations are from each other.
    Just driving the speed limit should be efficient and quick enough, certainly like you said it isn't going to be as quick as an ICE car.

  4. Amenhotep Avoskin

    Eric, how do you get 3.2 ml/kWh (11:11) at these speeds? This is 5.12 km/kWh in metrics (I'm in Canada) and it looks a bit hard to believe. I seldom get anything less than 12-15 km/kWh on my 2019 Bolt, driving mostly within the city limits. Is there a trick to it?

  5. John Davis

    All aside this is in ideal conditions no traffic delays or accidents to hold you up / road construction that could really put a dampen on your range and only one person in the car and no luggage.
    this is what real anxiety is all about .
    This trip can be made in a hybrid with no stops in under 10 hours "Prius prime 645+ mile range" or Hyundai ionic hybrid / 650 mile range /Honda accord hybrid, 800 miles plus for around $30 easily.
    there just not convenient for long distance trips unless you have lots of time to spare. and with kids I don't see this happening any time soon, and it cost more to fast charge vs ice vehicle. example 2.39 gal 12 gal.= 660 miles for $28.68 at 55 mpg. at 70 mph with ac /heat on.

  6. Ken Howard

    Hi Eric. I just bought a brand new 2020 GM Bolt LS….Today!….LOVE IT! I've been waiting over 5 years to buy an EV, waiting for the price/battery range inflection point to make sense. I shopped through Truecar and got a great deal of $35,000 – another $8,500 GM knocked off as an incentive bringing the true MSRP to $27,000 + Tax, Tags and Title and, GM finances it at 0.0% for 72 months. So, yeah…the GM BOLT is an incredible technology at an incredible price and NO GASOLINE! LOVE the tech, love GM and LOVE BOLT!

  7. Adrian Bowie

    Why would you only charge to 45-67 or so percent and take one hour's time? You should charge to about 80% and not freaking stop so much. Forty-five minutes is a full charge in a Tesla Model 3 and that Bolt just takes to long to charge for long-distance trips. You need to add a day to go 1000 miles WTF and that Bolt costs more and doesn't even have adaptive cruise control as a standard accessory. You have to pay for it WTF. ICE manufacturers up to the same old tricks of pay pay pay for every little part and accessory.

  8. Rob Bowers

    Eric, great stuff and thanks for the work you do. Many of us who spend time on various forums use your videos and findings to share with prospective and new owners, to help them assess the viability of a Bolt meeting their transport needs.

  9. kens97sto171

    Fantastic video as always..
    I think you made the right choice and driving the speed limit simply due to the fact that it will be easy to reproduce the test with other vehicles.
    and even going the speed limit you were going 70 to 80 mph. which is certainly fast enough to get useful information for those of us who live in states with higher speed.
    I very much enjoy watching Bjorns vids also.. but rolling along at 50 miles per hour in Norway doesn't tell me a hell of a lot about what the same vehicle is going to do at 85 miles an hour in Texas.
    nice to see that they change the charging curve. That should make it better for the times that you need to stay just a little bit longer to get what you need instead of having that big hit in charging speed.
    Like you mentioned I think now you will be able to simply look at the GOM.. and use it to get the miles that you need to get to your next stop.
    this will probably simplify it for most people buying an electric car for the first time.
    I'm a little bummed out that they didn't raise the peak charging speed… while I may be I take that back I haven't yet watched your next video showing the charging session LOL..
    Thanks for the great video keep up the great work.

  10. Matthew Prather

    Driving faster would have obviously resulted in longer charing times and / or more stops, so there wouldn't be a one for one savings by driving faster.

    Your route is nearly worst-case – high speed limits, a lot of it is at low elevation, but you included a big climb at high speed (which never fully pays back in the descent). A solid test!

    I drive a similar route, with similar speed limits in an ICE car, and my average speed is only about 60 mph including fuel and bio stops, so a little over 50 mph isn't too bad for the EV.

  11. John Cooper

    At about 18:00 you indicate "we really only have about an hour of driving time left". Vegas to Baker in one hour? It can be done but it is about 90 miles and 30 miles of high enforcement I-15 to the CA border, plus the Ag stop

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