The Bolt EV’s fuel economy rating of 128 MPGe city, 110 MPGe highway and 119 MPGe combined makes the vehicle the fifth most efficient hatchback vehicle available in the U.S., as CR’s new chart outlines. The above figures do not represent the Chevy Bolt EV’s EPA fuel economy figures and are instead pulled from CR’s most recent road test of the vehicle. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 131 MPGe city, 109 MPGe highway and 120 MPGe combined.
The most efficient hatchback observed by CR is the BMW i3 Giga, which boasts an impressive CR-observed fuel economy rating of 135 MPGe city, 141 MPGe highway and 139 MPGe combined. The Toyota Prius Prime hybrid was second with an MPGe rating of 133 and a rating of 50 mpg, followed by the Tesla Model 3 in third with a rating of 130 MPGe and the Hyundai Kona Electric in fourth with a rating of 120 MPGe. The Chevy Bolt EUV was not included in the list, likely because CR either has not performed a road test on it yet or did not have enough relevant data to reach a conclusion with regard to its real-world energy efficiency.
For clarity’s sake, we should point out this chart directly compares the energy efficiency of battery-electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona Electric with gasoline vehicles. EVs use an MPGe rating to determine efficiency, which is an abbreviation that stands for “miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent.” The Bolt EV’s rating of 119 MPGe means it can travel 119 miles on the electrical equivalent of a gallon of gasoline, which is roughly 33.7 kWh. The Bolt EV has a battery size of 65 kWh.
This chart indicates the Chevy Bolt EV is marginally less efficient than its closest rival, the Hyundai Kona Electric. These efficiency figures were pulled from CR’s own test data, however, so various factors could impact the observed fuel economy of one vehicle compared to another.