Tesla model S vs Chevy Bolt, Too Much Range?
At first you would think this is an unusual point to discuss Tesla Model S vs Chevy Bolt, an EV vehicle which has too much range. Most electric vehicle owners which includes the Tesla Model S and the Chevy Bolt would want the vehicles to be able to covers as much range as possible. However, the initial question posed concerning the Chevy Bolt addresses if an EV city car really needs that much range when a smaller battery pack could be used to save weight, cost and efficiency.
The initial point is that many drivers do less than 100 miles per day and without a supercharger network for the Bolt, the vehicle cannot make use of its full range unless you have an L2 charger and the ability to leave the car to charge overnight. So without high-speed charging the extra range is said to be useless, but nobody's going to buy an Ev vehicle that only has 100 mile range.
So, the basic premise is that no matter the range of the Bolt, without a fast charging network the extra miles are really redundant, which makes it a pure city car, thus not needing the extra range. Obviously, this has brought up a lot of feedback in the forums especially with range being one of the best selling points for any electric vehicle no matter the cost.
Pros and Cons
You can see the original poster's point of view where some weight saving will improve efficiency, especially for a vehicle aimed at city use, but one response from 'topher' states you would save on the price with half a battery size of about $4,350 and 13% efficiency in ideal conditions, but then you have a $33,150 car 'with a 134 (city) mile range. So roughly, a new Nissan Leaf. Competing against a Model 3, for $35,000 with 215 mile range.'
The Bolt's current EPA range is 238 miles, with city driving being 255 miles and highway driving 217 miles.
Another user 'polaris' points out the need for extended range, 'I want as much range as possible because it allows for the most flexibility. If charging stations became more ubiquitous - range becomes less of a concern but until then, you will want that range. We don't drive that much in the city so our use of a car is related to going on day trips or longer ones. Range is critical in that regard.' One more Rocky_H points out the need for extended range as people's driving needs cannot be judged on a daily average, 'You don't drive 40 miles every single day, month after month, year after year. Every few weeks or every month or two you will have a long day that needs 140 miles or something noticeably over the average but not 800 miles. Even if it's 90 miles once a month, that gets stressful and nerve wracking, where you're running down nearly empty.'