An interesting numbers coincidence (or perhaps not coincidence) was recently brought up on the GM-Volt.com forum by the commentator “Lewis9,” who noted that the first-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) had an EPA all-electric range rating of 38 miles per full charge*, and that the first-generation Chevy Bolt all-electric car now has an EPA range rating of 238 miles per full charge.
It’s like Chevy engineers decided that the Chevy Volt needed exactly 200 more miles of range in order to be compelling and then delivered exactly that … and somehow got the EPA to go along with it and give the Bolt the exact range rating that they wanted. (Considering the EPA’s somewhat strange approach to determining the average range, it would be hard for Chevy/GM to do that alone.)
It’s obviously not important, but interesting/funny.
Hopefully Chevy decides by 2021 that having the names of easy-to-confuse models rhyme and making them nearly identical isn’t a great idea. I was a bit surprised when Chevy revealed that “Bolt” would be the official name of the coming long-range, all-electric car.
On second thought — the Volt, the Bolt, the Jolt — why not? It makes more sense than the European market choices: Ampera (Volt) and Ampera-e (Bolt). Who decided that that was a good idea?
(*To ruin the fun of all of this, “ClarksonCote” later noted that the 2011–2012 Volt apparently had an EPA range rating of 35 miles.)