Range is oh-so important when it comes to electric vehicles, but if you don’t mind driving around in a less efficient Bolt sometimes, there’s always the option to change out the tires for a more dynamic and fun drive.
That’s exactly what Green Car Reports writer Jeff Jablansky did last week. He swapped the stock Michelin Energy Saver A/S Selfseal Green X tires from his Bolt EV with a set of aggressive and grippier Riken Raptors. Of course when you switch from low-rolling-resistance tires to something that can better handle the Bolt’s 266 pound-feet of instant torque, the fun factor goes up.
He claims the swap changes the “entire dynamic of the Bolt—for the better. No more squealing through turns or wheel spin at traffic lights. There’s a slight reduction in range, and I’m curious how it will affect overall efficiency. But, man: what a positive difference!"
Of course the Bolt’s range does take a hit. Though no specific numbers were provided he did originally estimate a loss of around 10%, which brings the Bolt EV’s original rating of 238 miles down to about 214 miles. The percentage was later updated to 7%, giving him a range of around 220 miles.
Perhaps manufacturers will offer better EV tires in the future, tires that won’t compromise fuel economy whilst improving performance.