The bitter cold and electric vehicles never play well. That’s why The Detroit Free Press set out to put the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to the test in sub-zero temperatures in Detroit, Michigan, during the most recent polar vortex blast.
Chevrolet and General Motors should be happy to hear the Bolt EV was returning 200 miles of charge despite the freezing cold temperatures as it scooted from Detroit to Ann Arbor. That is until an SUV rear-ended it.
The publication tells the story in the video above, in which 200 miles of range came about despite the odds of the brutal temperatures when the EV is rated for 238 miles in optimal conditions. As you can see, the Bolt EV got it good, though, with the rear bumper and taillight sustaining a fair amount of damage.
In the process, The Freep may have recorded the first known accident involving a production Bolt EV.
We’re sure the test will continue once again, knowing the midwest, the cold likely isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.