2016 Chevy Bolt EV: A Lower Price for a Higher Range

January 15th, 2016 by

Later this year, Kentucky Chevrolet dealers will see the new 2016 Chevy Bolt EV glide into their lots. This little gem will go down in history as the electric car that gives you the most bang for your buck. Well, spark for your buck…  since the 2016 Chevy Bolt EV will be able to get over 200 miles of electric driving range. To put that into perspective for you, the 2016 Hyundai Hybrid Plug-in can only go a range of 27 miles, 600 combined with it’s hybrid engine.

Which means this little hatchback can drive a third of a plug-in hybrids total driving range on just electric power alone. That just goes to show how ahead of its time this car really is. Let’s compare and contrast the driving range and price to some of the other 2016 models, too give a better understanding of just how advanced it really is.

Driving Range

The driving range on the current Chevy Spark EV model is only sitting at 82 miles on one charge, which means the 2016 Bolt EV will be able to more than double the driving range on Chevy’s current electric vehicle. As far as competitors go, the Nissan Leaf is only offered with a maximum driving range of 107 miles per charge, and is one of the leaders on the market in terms of electric driving range, and the Bolt EV nearly doubles that as well.

Overall, the Bolt EV is able to nearly double the electric driving range of any other electric car on the market. There is only one vehicle out there that’s able to beat in in driving range, and that’s the Tesla Model S 70, which gets 240 miles per charge.

However, the price on the Tesla Model S 70 is $70,000. Which means the only way to beat the Bolt EV in 2016 is by shelling out twice as much.


The Bolt EV will have a starting price of $37,500, before federal tax is applied. Which is more expensive than some of the current electric cars on the market, but it’s a justified price. Especially when you take into account the 200 miles per charge that’s offered in the Bolt EV.

For example, the 2016 Soul EV has a range of 93 starts at an MSRP of $24,450. It’s about $10,000 dollars less than the Chevy Bolt EV, but it’s also one of the weaker electric cars on the market. Therefore, let’s take a look at the Nissan Leaf that was mentioned earlier. The Nissan Leaf comes in at $35,050 before federal tax, and is considered to be one of the top electric cars currently on the market.

This means the Bolt EV is able to double the driving range of one of the top electric cars on the market, for just over a $2,000 increase in price. The Bolt EV is clearly the best priced electric car on the market when it comes to electric driving range, providing you the most spark for your buck in 2016.