Going the distance: Chevrolet Bolt EV range hits 238 miles

That's a fair bit over the 200 miles originally estimated.

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The Bolt EV may not have the looks of Tesla's Model 3, but it exists, so there's that.

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The general consensus is that an electric vehicle needs a range somewhere north of 200 miles for it to be viable for the general public. Trouble is, the only cars that currently fit that bill are Teslas, and cheap they are not. But that ends today, as the Chevrolet Bolt EV's EPA figures are finally out in the open.

Official word says the Bolt EV will reach 238 miles on a single charge of its battery. Its fuel economy equivalent is 119 MPGe. That didn't just meet the 200-mile requirement -- that pretty well shattered it. And, with an MSRP "below $37,500," which puts its post-incentive price below $30,000, it's far more affordable than a Tesla Model S or Model X.

As of this moment, there aren't really any other vehicles on the market that can hit these numbers. Tesla's forthcoming Model 3 is likely to achieve similar range, but considering that Model 3 production is still a twinkle in Elon's eye, the Chevrolet is really the only player in town at the moment.

If you're interested in seeing some up-close-and-personal shots of the Bolt EV, as well as some insight into how the thing actually drives, we'll have all that coming to you later today.

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