Owners have been complaining about this for a long time.
Last month, Chevrolet announced the 2020 Bolt EV will be getting a range increase to 259 miles, up from 238 miles for the 2019 model year. To achieve this, Chevrolet improved the energy of the cell electrodes by making "small but impactful changes" to the cell chemistry without needing to change the physical battery pack and the way it's integrated into the vehicle structure.
As a result, the Bolt EV is far more competitive as the range beats its main rivals like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, and Nissan Leaf Plus. Chevrolet didn't mention any other changes apart from a few new color choices, but according to GM Authority, the range isn't the only aspect that will be vastly improved in future Bolt EV models.
The Bolt EV's interior has suffered from low-quality materials, hard and uncomfortable seats, and poor quality build quality but sources have told GM Authority the electric compact will finally get better seats and a few other updates.
These changes will likely be made to the 2021 model year, which is when the Bolt EV is expected to receive a midcycle update. In the same year, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is also expected to launch in North America. As GM Authority points out, both vehicles share the same architecture, battery pack, and drivetrain, so it makes sense for the Bolt EV to gain some of its crossover sibling's updates.
Starting at $37,495 including the destination charge, the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV will arrive in dealers later this year. Like last year's model, the 2020 Bolt EV's electric powertrain produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. If you'd rather wait for the interior upgrade, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV facelift should arrive a year later in fall 2020.
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