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Chevy Bolt beat Tesla Model 3 on charge range

By Shawn Price
The new Chevy Bolt has an estimated 238 miles per single battery charge which beats Tesla's upcoming Model 3, that has an estimated 215 miles per charge. With a comparable price to Tesla's mass-market electric car, the competition could be good for consumers. Photo by Chevy.
The new Chevy Bolt has an estimated 238 miles per single battery charge which beats Tesla's upcoming Model 3, that has an estimated 215 miles per charge. With a comparable price to Tesla's mass-market electric car, the competition could be good for consumers. Photo by Chevy.

DETROIT, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The 2017 Chevy Bolt outlasts the upcoming Tesla Model 3 in how far drivers can go on a single charge, Chevy said this week.

The new Bolt is rated at 238 miles per charge compared to the Model 3's expected 215 miles per charge. Chevy's electric car has a comparable price and an earlier availability and could make for serious competition for Tesla.

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The sticker price for the Bolt is expected to be about $37,500 when it reaches car lots this fall, in the same neighborhood as the Model 3, Tesla's first car designed for the mass market. The Model 3 was expected to arrive as early as September, but is not likely to reach the public until some time in 2018.

A potentially tougher competition in the electric car market could be good for consumers.

The five-seat hatchback Bolt will likely move the needle for electric cars the way the Chevy Volt did for hybrids, Analysts believe. Tesla, so far a luxury brand, is under pressure to meet expectations for the 400,000 pre-orders placed for the Model 3.

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"Chevrolet showed the world the production version Bolt EV earlier this year and in a few short months we've moved from that vision to a reality," GM North America President Alan Batey said in a statement. "The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year."

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