Freshened Bolt has longer range and faster charging

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Chevrolet is rolling out the biggest update to the Bolt since the electric car launched in 2016.

The most notable change on the freshened 2020 Bolt is a more powerful battery, which extends the Bolt’s range more than 20 miles to 259. Actual range varies based on several factors, such as temperature, terrain, battery age and vehicle maintenance, Chevrolet says.

Other improvements:

  • More power: The 2020 battery is the same size as the 2019 battery, but it’s more powerful, at 66 kilowatt-hours vs. 60.

The engineering team “improved the energy of the cell electrodes by making small but impactful changes to the cell chemistry,” according to a Chevy statement.

  • Enhanced fast-charging: In mild weather, the Bolt can charge up to 100 miles in 30 minutes on a DC fast charger. In cooler temperatures, the 2020 Bolt charges 150 percent faster than the 2019 model.
  • High-definition cameras: The base-level camera provides a standard rear view, but there is an optional camera package, Surround Vision, which includes side views of the vehicle.
  • Full-display rearview mirror: Drivers can flip the lever of the rearview mirror to view a digital mirror.
  • Redesigned grille: The grille has a more 3D look compared with the smoother grille on the 2019 model.
  • Enhanced pedestrian alert system: The Bolt has two speakers, one in front and one in back, so pedestrians can hear the vehicle approaching. The system has been refined to be less obtrusive in the cabin during driving.
  • Two new colors: The 2020 Bolt is available in Oasis Blue and Cayenne Orange Metallic.

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