The efficiency driving test lasted 28 hours and 30 minutes on a 2.7-mile round circuit.
The Bolt EUV may be on its way out of the US market but Chevrolet still aims to highlight the affordable EV to the rest of the world. The Electric Utility Vehicle went through an efficiency driving test for its debut in Brazil, breaking an existing record in the process.
The driving test happened at General Motors' Campo de Provas in Indaiatuba in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As far as numbers are concerned, the Chevy Bolt EUV posted an impressive electric range. The electric crossover reached 560 miles on a full battery charge, or nearly double its published 283 miles of standard range under the more forgiving WLTP cycle for the Brazilian market.
The said efficiency driving test lasted 28 hours and 30 minutes on a 2.7-mile round circuit with stops in between driver changes. Mauá Institute monitored and audited the test, with 70 people - comprised of journalists, influencers, customers, dealers, partners, and GM employees - taking turns in driving.
Vehicle and road conditions, driving style, and temperature affect the range of electric vehicles. With this in mind, how did the Bolt EUV achieve this incredible feat?
According to Chevrolet Brazil, the participating drivers were advised to avoid sudden acceleration and braking. Drivers were also instructed not to use air conditioning during the drive to get the most out of the battery juice. The Bolt EUV's average speed during the efficiency test was around 22 mph.
For comparison, the latest Hyundai Kona Electic, the Bolt EUV's closest competitor in terms of dimensions and battery size, has a WLTP-estimated all-electric range of 304 miles. The Korean crossover is equipped with a 65.4-kWh battery, which is slightly smaller than the Bolt EUV's capacity.
As mentioned, the Bolt EUV and the entire Bolt lineup in the US will be axed after the 2023 model year as a "natural next step" for the bow tie brand. It will be replaced by the bigger and more expensive Chevy Equinox EV.
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