Tesla Model 3 is actually affordable at $36,490 and has decent range.Credit: Tesla
The base Tesla Model 3 is a great EV deal and the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt is dirt cheap by electric car standards.
The good news about the cheapest Tesla Model 3 is that it now has acceptable range. The base Model 3 back in 2017 only offered 220 miles of range, now it’s 263 miles.
And while the 2020 Chevy Bolt has always been affordable, it’s now seeing steep discounts making it one of the best EV deals in the U.S.
Very different cars:
The Model 3 is a sedan, the Bolt a compact hatchback. That’s the most glaring difference. Less obvious is the charging network: when you buy a Tesla you also get the Supercharger network. For long-distance drivers that’s almost as important as the car.
Tesla’s Autopilot, an advanced driver-assist technology that’s standard with any Tesla, is also a big plus. Chevy does not offer any advanced driver assist tech with the Bolt.
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The best things the Bolt has going for it are reliability and the fact that it’s a mature EV platform (GM has been making EVs longer than Tesla).
The charging networks that the Chevy Bolt can plug into* is expanding too. Both Electrify America and EVgo are adding charging stations across the U.S. at a pretty rapid pace.
Chevy Bolt LT 2020:Price with discount: typically below $30K for LT model Range: 259 miles (EPA estimate) Driver assist: No advanced driver assist like Tesla’s Autopilot Fast charging network: Electrify America, EVgo Audio: Apple Carplay, Android Auto
2020 Chevrolet Bolt: good battery range and mature EV technology for under $30K.Credit: Chevrolet
*The Chevy Bolt uses fast charging technology referred to as DC fast charging. More generically it’s called Level 3 charging.
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