Following the official launch of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV in Brazil, General Motors has just announced that the small electric crossover set a world record of 560 miles of range in the South American country.
GM South America released the results of a maximum energy efficiency test of the new 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV dubbed the “Bolt EUV Autonomy Challenge,” which the automaker’s engineering arm conducted at the GM Cruz Alta Proving Ground. In it, the Bolt EUV traveled a total of 901.8 kilometers or 560 miles on a full charge, which represents the world record for the highest range achieved by the model and any EV in its category.
“Chevrolet’s Bolt line symbolizes a great technological achievement towards GM’s 100 percent electric future and is also a global reference due to its pioneering spirit, being the first large-scale production EV in the world to offer high autonomy at a more affordable price,” said Brazil’s GM Cruz Alta Proving Ground Director, Leandro Couto. “And the impressive performance of the Bolt EUV in this challenge of maximum autonomy reinforces the superiority of the product in its category,” he added.
The Bolt EUV Autonomy Challenge, which lasted 28 hours and 30 minutes, included the participation of more than 70 people including journalists, influencers, customers, dealers and GM employees who took turns behind the wheel of three Chevy Bolt EUV units during the test performed on a 4.3 km round circuit that simulates an infinite flat straight line. The initiative sought to find out what distance the Bolt EUV was capable of traveling in conditions of maximum energy efficiency and was authorized by the Mauá Institute of Technology in Brazil.
As such, the world record of 901.8 kilometers or 560 miles of range for the Chevy Bolt EUV was achieved by taking full advantage of the model’s energy regeneration system with special directives. The challenge was for drivers to avoid sudden acceleration and braking, no use of heating systems (seat and steering wheel) or air conditioning, as well as a serene driving style that yielded an average speed of 35 km/h or 21.7 mph.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV was launched on May 8th in Brazil and will be available for sale later this month throughout the country’s official Chevrolet EV dealer network, which includes some 80 specialized stores with the necessary infrastructure to sell and offer technician support to electric vehicles of the brand. Only a batch of 200 units equipped in similar fashion to the Premier trim level will be offered for customers who have been waiting for the model since its official announcement.