It also has a small battery and lighter weight which contributes to "efficiency" so not all what it seems. You have to compare apples to apples not apples to oranges unless mention you are comparing different fruit.Battery tech will evolve and get cheaper. Cleary the Ioniq's drivetrain is very efficient. You'd be _____ to take that away from them.
Well, this test was specifically for freeway efficiency: steady state 75 mph driving. Essentially, a valid metric for traveling. It's slightly worse than the EPA rated highway mileage (220 miles per charge), but it otherwise aligns with my experiences that steady state driving at ~65 mph will result in the EPA combined range estimate of 238 miles.The test reports that the Bolt gets well under 210 miles of range in California.
Which is significantly different than owners report.
The GM press event had several Bolts go 240 miles at the hands of editors, with none coming up short.
In reality, we did a range test on Saturday through 4 counties of California, all freeway. Average speed of traffic for 124 miles? 36 mph on a Saturday at 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Congestion is the norm, not unfettered driving.
Yup, and if you reference Bjorn's own 75 mph testing video in a Model 3 AWD from earlier this week, his efficiency is almost identical to what I was seeing in my Bolt EV:There is thread on TMC that discusses what many owners are seeing for range in their Model 3 P cars at 75mph average.
It's not 300+ miles reported by this test. Odd.
As far as folk freaking out at 244, that is seen in Volts quite often, even Edmunds:
That is 5 miles per kWh or in RPN 200Wh/Mile.
Any other comparisons that are not done on the same roads at the same time do not show how two+ cars compare.Some clear winners in this test.
I have a feeling that they are going to run into the apple cart and simply fall over. In that, I'm speaking specifically about efficiency. The Kona, Niro, and Soul all have some great qualities that the Bolt EV lacks, but it appears that freeway efficiency won't be one of them.Well we have Kona and Niro coming this spring so I am real curious how they upset the apple cart.
Besides highway driving at high speeds like 75 I would like to see an side road circuit test where speeds rarely hit 55 with starts/stops and such. Plus redo this test but hold it to 70. that 244 number is right in the middle of the numbers I saw, sub 75 and I was beating my 310 expected range and 75+ in rain and cooler temperatures I was higher.
then you have days like today... 21F... oof
Oh I am sure what it is going to come down to amenities that the Korean pair have. Hopefully it will cause GM to up their game. There are interior features for that pair I would not mind having in the TM3. Efficiency numbers won't affect most buyers because they will simply lock onto the higher EPA range number and ignore any "real world" tests. Throw in that the interior looks subjectively better in pictures and GM will need to push the mid cycle refresh on the Bolt sooner. Now I want to go see either of these two but I am not in CARB state so GM has that advantage. The real truth comes out in how many Kia/Hyundai produce for the states.I have a feeling that they are going to run into the apple cart and simply fall over. In that, I'm speaking specifically about efficiency. The Kona, Niro, and Soul all have some great qualities that the Bolt EV lacks, but it appears that freeway efficiency won't be one of them.