The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV may not be available nationwide, but that hasn’t stopped owners from clocking some serious mileage in the brand’s affordable battery electric vehicle. Today, Chevrolet announced owners have driven a collective 4.5 million miles.
That number comes from the 3,492 Bolt EV owners as of April 2, 2017, and will only continue to climb based on the Bolt EV’s availability. For some perspective, Bolt EV owners have saved 175,000 gallons of fuel based on EPA estimates.
In the process, one owner has defied the EPA and Chevrolet’s estimates altogether. The brand states one particular Bolt EV was capable of 310 miles on a single charge during a continuous trip. Of course, mileage varies based on the driver, road conditions and a host of other factors. Yet, it’s still impressive to best the 238-mile range estimate.
In the process, GM seems to have possibly moved up its release timetable. The Bolt EV was originally scheduled to roll out to the rest of the United Stated by the end of September; Chevrolet has now set a summer 2017 rollout. The season marks its final day on September 22.
Coincidentally, Tesla has announced production for its affordable Model 3 sedan will begin this summer as well. We may see dealers receiving Bolt EVs a bit earlier.