We’re spending the week with the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier – the top-spec variant with leather seating surfaces, 17-inch Ultra-Bright machined aluminum wheels, roof-mounted side rails and a new 360-degree Surround View Camera. This mildly refreshed 2020 model includes a slightly redesigned front fascia, more range, an improved backup camera and added safety technology.
Our unit is finished in the very loud Oasis Blue exterior color which is also new for the 2020 model-year along with Cayenne Orange Metallic. Green Mist Metallic and Shock exterior colors were deleted for 2020. Other updates include a more powerful 66 kWh battery (up from 60 kWh) which boosts maximum range from 238 to 259 miles.
Outside, the only visible change for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a high gloss black grille with wave pattern. The car’s interior remains relatively unchanged except for the addition of an all-weather floor liner that’s available as a dealer-installed accessory. New safety technology like the HD Rear Vision and Surround Vision cameras, as well as an acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS) that uses front and rear speakers are also part of the refresh.
The biggest update is obviously the battery which not only promises more range, but also improved performance in mild and cold temperatures. GM claims the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV adds up to 100 miles during the first 30 minutes of charging at mild temperatures from a depleted battery, and up to 150 percent more miles during the first 30 minutes at cold temperatures.
To test this out, we’ll be driving the Bolt EV up in Montreal, Canada, during mild-to-cold early March weather. We’ll test out how much range a full charge will give us, but also compare what the onboard computer tells us with the car’s real-world mileage. This will be done during a 250-mile roadtrip which will include both city and highway driving. We’ll be using a combination of level 2 (240-Volt) and level 3 (400-Volt) public charging stations to replenish the car’s battery.
We will have this popular American EV for the entire week, so if you would like to know more about it beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions about the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV in the comments section, and we’ll reply in a timely manner as part of the GM Authority interactive review.
Ready…. set… go!