A disclosure: there are Tesla Model S variants that would certainly outdo the Bolt EV. However, CR states this is not the point. Rather, the goal was to pit the Bolt EV against the most affordable Model S sedan. Even then, the Bolt EV is a bargain; a Tesla Model S with Bolt-besting range costs $100,000 or more. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV costs $37,495 before tax credits.
Anyway, let’s get to the meat and potatoes. The 2017 Bolt EV managed to go 250 miles on a single charge before its battery was completely depleted. That also beats the EPA-estimated 238-mile range figure the electric car is sold with.
“In our electric-vehicle range test, we put the Bolt head to head against our 2016 Tesla Model S 75D. The Tesla ran out of juice at 235 miles, while the Bolt motored on for another 15 miles,” the consumer guide said.
On the other hand, the most recent tests of the Tesla Model X 90D returned 230 miles of real-world driving, compared to its EPA-estimated 257-mile range. The Model S 75D returned 235 miles in real-world testing, which falls short of its 259-mile EPA-estimated range.
Of course, most news surrounding Tesla involves the Model 3, which has officially entered production. It arrives with an EPA-estimated 220-mile range, though it offers a 310-mile range for a higher price. For now, the Bolt EV remains on top, though.