Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet ups 2020 Bolt's range to 259 miles by changing battery cell chemistry

The Chevrolet Bolt is getting expanded range for the 2020 model year.

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Chevrolet has changed the cell chemistry in its Bolt EV battery for the 2020 model year giving the electric vehicle 259 miles of range. This is a 21-mile improvement over the 2019 model year's range.

By reconfiguring just the cells' chemistry, Chevrolet engineers were able to keep the battery pack the same size allowing the automaker to not have to change the way the battery is housed within the vehicle's structure.

"The Chevrolet Bolt EV has been changing consumer perceptions of electric vehicles since its launch in 2016," said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Passenger Car and Crossover Marketing. "Great range — now even more — is the foundation of the Bolt EV's success, and when paired with features like one-pedal driving, Regen on Demand and the instant torque of the EV motor, the vehicle delivers an exceptional driving experience. Chevrolet also is helping to encourage EV adoption by providing customers the necessary tools and services to make EV ownership more convenient."

There are 288 cells in the Bolt's 66kWh lithium-ion battery. Each Bolt comes with a 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on its battery and EV components.

Chevorlet advises that the Bolt gains 6 km of range for every hour it is plugged into a 120-volt outlet. On a 240-volt outlet the car can fully charge in 10 hours. Via a DC Fast Charge connection, the Bolt can add 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.

The added range of the Bolt EV does not lessen or increase the car's horsepower and torque. It will continue to achieve 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

The change in battery chemistry also does not increase nor decrease the car's curb weight over the 2019 model.

The Detroit-based automaker has not announced any further changes to the Bolt for the 2020 model year outside of two new paint jobs: Cayenne Orange Metallic and Oasis Blue.

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV will arrive at dealerships in late 2019 with a starting MSRP of $37,495 (including destination and handling charges). All Bolt models have the same range.

Want to maximize the range in your Bolt? Chevrolet has some tips.

Bolt EV: Maximizing Your Range | Chevrolet www.youtube.com

Chevrolet has started a campaign urging people to sign a Change.org petition showing support for the Suburban to be named "National Vehicle of Texas."

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In 1986, Texas Monthly declared the Chevrolet Suburban the "National Car of Texas," saying that it was, "the most Texas vehicle there is… It's big, it's strong, it's fun, it doesn't put on airs, but it doesn't keep you from putting on a few." In the time since, the Suburban has undergone many iterations, but still maintains its original focus as being a capable people-hauler.

A new Change.org petition started by Chevrolet seeks to bring attention to the Suburban and gain support to name the vehicle the "National Vehicle of Texas." Why not the State Vehicle of Texas? That designation was given to the chuckwagon in 2005.

"Honestly, the petition is not intended to result in any official proclamations," Monte Doran, Manager, Chevrolet Truck Communications said. "Instead, the petition is a way to celebrate the long-lasting connection between Texans and the Suburban." This year, the Suburban nameplate turns 85 years old.

According to Chevrolet, more Suburbans are sold in Texas than in the lower 25 states combined. Five of the top 10 Suburban dealerships in the country are in Texas.

"Suburbans are a familiar sight in the parking lot of the Argyle Club in San Antonio, which is not surprising since it's hard to drive a block in surrounding Alamo Heights without seeing one," said Doran. "At the end of a school day in North Dallas, Suburbans are lined up outside Hockaday and St. Mark's. On weekday mornings Memorial Drive in Houston is a processional of Suburbans hauling children to private schools."

They're not just for families. "Around the Capitol in Austin, Suburbans are so popular with the influence-peddling crowd that they are known as lobby wagons. A single lobbyist can take as many as eight legislators to lunch, while tinted windows all around … ensure the anonymity of his passengers."

Suburbans translate into life beyond the city and suburbs in Texas. You can find them on boat ramps, on rugged ranch roads, hunting and fishing locations, and camping areas. "Last year when the hunting season opened at the venerable St. Charles Bay hunting club in Rockport, there were 12 vehicles in the parking lot and every one of them was a Suburban," Doran (rightly) bragged.

Every Suburban sold in the world is built in Arlington at Arlington Assembly Plant.

The next-generation of the Suburban will be revealed on December 10 along side the redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe. Both SUVs will be 2021 models.

The Vision T is likely a look at the design language of the new Hyundai Tucson.

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Next week, Hyundai will unveil a new plug-in hybrid SUV concept car. The model is the seventh in the automaker's series of Hyundai Design Center concepts that combines "emotional value" with "sensuous sportiness" in an application of the company's new design language.

"We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through sensuous sportiness design language," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. The SUV concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain indicating its eco-lifestyle focus and its inherent balance with the environment in which it is driven.

Hyundai Vision T concept SUV car front PHEV The side profile of the design shows off a new vision for Hyundai's compact SUV.Image courtesy of Hyundai

The SUV has a theme of parametric fantasy and transcendent connectivity. All of the concept SUV's body structures are connected from the body to light or trim features. The overall look is a seamless take on design boundaries, perhaps signifying the future seamlessness of home, vehicle, entertainment, and transportation spaces.

Ambient light reflects off concave and convex surfaces to create a sense of tension, according to Hyundai.

The vehicle features an evolution of the Hidden Signature Lamp (as seen on the new Sonata) and features a parametric air shutter that deploys to help adjust aerodynamics and design. The shutter is closed when the vehicle is stationary then moves to effect airflow, aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency.

Why might it be the next Tucson? Hyundai has already disclosed that this concept has the dimensions of a compact SUV. That ticks the Tucson box. There's also the name of the vehicle "Vision T" and the fact that nearly every SUV in the Hyundai lineup has either debuted or undergone a significant redesign in the last 18 months except Tucson. It's logical that Tucson would be up next and that it would evolve Hyundai's powertrain offerings given the success of the Kona EV.

Earlier, Hyundai announced that 13 new products would be making their way into the company's portfolio in the coming years including the Hyundai Santa Cruz truck.

No details about the car's plug-in hybrid powertrain are yet available. The full concept car will be revealed during AutoMobility LA.