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

A Houston repair shop had 15 vintage Corvettes worth as much as $1 million damaged in a Houston area explosion.

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The owner of a Houston, Texas area vehicle restoration shop is saying that as many as 15 vintage Corvettes may have been lost when the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing facility exploded on Friday.

Gordon Andrus, the owner of Houston Corvette Service, told CNN that his business occupies four buildings across the street from Watson Grinding and Manufacturing at 4537 Steffani Lane in Houston

The shop is a self-described "full-service restoration and preservation workshop". The company's website shows a variety of projects that the company has worked on from a 1957 Corvette Fuel Roadster to a 1972 LS5 454 Red Chevelle.

Andrus says that two of the four buildings that house Houston Corvette Service have been destroyed. "The rest of street had very minor damage, but my two buildings are flattened," he told CNN.

He estimates the loss could be as much as $1 million worth of vehicles that were in progress at the time of the explosion.

In addition to the vehicles he was servicing for clients, a few of his own vehicles are trapped in the rubble. "Every car is insured, and we're in the business of repairing and restoring cars," he said. "We will make it right one way or another."

He has already notified all the owners whose vehicles were involved in the event.

An investigation into what caused the explosion is ongoing and could take months according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.