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Though most are anticipating a Model 3 and Bolt face off, getting their hands on a production model may prove difficult for Consumer Reports for the time being. Instead, they’ve pitted the Chevy bolt against the Tesla Model S 75D to determine which vehicle has the longer range.

Looking at numbers alone, it seems like the Tesla Model S is the clear winner with a 75kWh battery that can deliver a drive range of 259 miles (417km) on a single charge. In comparison, the Chevy Bolt is rated to travel up to 238 miles (383km) on a single charge.

In exchange for more electric range, Model S 75D owners will need to shell out $69,500 for the basic two-wheel drive version and $74,500 for all-wheel drive. A stark contrast to the Bolt’s starting price tag of $37,495 and that’s before you the federal tax credit.

Seems clean cut doesn’t it?

If both vehicles were to travel down the same pre-determined highway route, without turning the AC on and travelling at a steady speed of 65mph (105km/h), one would assume that the Tesla Model S 75D should travel farther on a full charge before running out of juice. To find out which EV comes out on top, you’ll have to watch the video below.

Interesting fact, one of the two cars actually set a new Consumer Reports record for longest distance traveled by an all-electric car.

 

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Evidently CR has admitted that they did not fully charge the Tesla. They did not set it in the extended range mode so it only charged to 80% which is the factory default. The criteria CR used was to compare them as if they didn't know anything about them and the typical driver would do the same. Unfortunately, when you are doing a long distance range test, logic would dictate to charge it fully. They also admitted that they set the regen to low. Oddly, this is not the default setting so they actually did tweak settings that a "typical" driver wouldn't. The Bolt was not set in hilltop mode however so it had a full 100% charge.
 
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