Chevy Bolt beats Tesla in electric range: report

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Chevy Bolt vs Tesla Model S: Which car goes furthest on a single charge?

FBN's Ashley Webster breaks down how the Chevy Bolt compares to the Tesla Model S.

General Motors (GM) beat Tesla (TSLA) to market with an affordable, long-range electric car. It also appears the Chevrolet Bolt outlasts some of Tesla’s pricier vehicles in electric range, according to tests by Consumer Reports.

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The consumer magazine noted that most electric vehicles fall short of their EPA-estimated electric ranges in real-world driving. For instance, the 2016 Tesla Model S 75D has an estimated range of 259 miles. Consumer Reports was able to drive the Model S 75D a total of 235 miles on a single charge.

But the Chevy Bolt exceeded expectations. The Bolt is rated at 238 miles, while Consumer Reports pushed the $37,500 Bolt to 250 miles. That was the best result ever recorded in a Consumer Reports test.

In its report published on Thursday, Consumer Reports also noted that a Tesla Model X 90D traveled 230 miles in testing, compared to its EPA rating of 257 miles. Tesla has upgraded the Model X with a larger 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack, although it costs at least $100,000 – far more than the Bolt. Consumer Reports said its Bolt Premier cost $43,155. It paid $85,670 for its Model S 75D.

Consumer Reports still considers the Model S to be the top electric car. The Bolt is ranked as the second-best option.

GM launched the Bolt earlier this year, rolling it out in select states before expanding availability. Through July, GM has sold 9,563 Bolts.

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Tesla officially began deliveries of its Model 3 sedan last week. The Model 3 can travel about 220 miles on one charge, according to the EPA. Tesla said it will offer a 310-mile version with a starting price of $44,000.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s first foray into mass-market vehicles. It starts at $35,000 before tax credits, although the earliest production models will cost more. Tesla will start by building Model 3s with optional packages.

Tesla shares were trading 1% higher at $35.52 on Friday. GM climbed 1.6% to $35.32.

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