General Motors was one of the first auto manufacturers to design and build electric vehicles, but then threw away any advantage they’d gained by cancelling the EV. Stupid moves have been a GM staple over the decades, but it looks like they may be finally catching on to a market that they could almost be credited with starting – long before Elon Musk and Tesla. Even lately, they’ve continued to be wishy-washy and couldn’t decide if they wanted to be a part of the EV revolution or not.
The Chevy Volt and Bolt are two fine examples of very good vehicles that didn’t get any love or attention, didn’t get upgraded or improved on and I don’t recall ever seeing one advertisement for either of them. Unfortunately, GM dumped the Volt a year or two ago, and many thought the Bolt Ver.2 would never see the light of day.
Well, 2022 appears to be the year GM has started implementing the promised shift to electric vehicles they’ve half-heartedly “committed to” in the past. The Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV have been announced already – with many more to come. The new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and its (slightly) bigger brother, the Bolt EUV are part of GM’s plan to launch 30 new electric vehicles by 2025.
Introduced in 2017, the Bolt has been a modest success, selling over 100,000 units globally – but more importantly, 75% of buyers have been first-time GM customers. We loved the Bolt, but thought the price was too high. That’s been addressed with the new Bolt coming in at $31,995 (U.S.) – $5,500 less than last year’s model. That’s a good start, but Chevrolet will cover the “standard installation” cost of adding Level 2 charging to the residence of anyone who purchases or leases a 2022 Bolt or Bolt EUV. That’s a nice bonus that’ll save the customer $500-$1000.
Today, Chevrolet launched the new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and its bigger brother, the Bolt EUV. When Chevrolet was working on the new Bolt, they talked to current owners to get their feedback – what?!!!. While many were happy with the vehicle, they weren’t enamoured with its interior. The 2022 Bolt gets a new steering wheel with Regen on Demand paddles, a more traditional dashboard and higher-quality switchgear, ‘floating’ centre console with a push-button shifter. The seats get a re-design and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and an upgraded 10.2-inch infotainment system along with wireless Apple CarPlay and in-vehicle apps like Alexa, Spotify and The Weather Channel.
The All-New Bolt EUV
While the Bolt EUV is strikingly similar it doesn’t share any body panels with the Bolt. It gets a different front fascia, different taillights, roof rails (does anyone actually use these?) and a more upright rear end.
The crossover is 6.3 inches (160 mm) longer and features a wheelbase that has been stretched 2.9 inches (74 mm), creating more cabin space with 39.1 inches (993 mm) of rear seat legroom. To put that into perspective, the Chevrolet Suburban has 39.7 inches and the Cadillac CT6 has 40.4 inches of legroom. All the remaining interior dimensions are virtually identical to the Bolt, and both have a maximum cargo capacity of approximately 57 cu-ft (1,614 litres). With the back seat up it’s 16.6 cu-ft in the Bolt, and 16.3 in the EUV. The EUV’s overall length is 6.3 inches longer, but only 0.2 inch wider and taller. Its track is stretched 0.4 inch and the curb weight is only 90 pounds more.
• panoramic sunroof
• heated/ventilated front seats
• heated rear seats
Bolt and Bolt EUV
Driver Assistance Systems
• Automatic Emergency Braking,
• Forward Collision Alert,
• Front Pedestrian Braking, and
• Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
• Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system – the first Chevy and first electric vehicle to receive such, allows for hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles (321,869 kms) of roadway in the United States and Canada (doubtful in Ontario though)
• Adaptive Cruise Control,
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• HD Surround Vision system
Batteries & Range
• Both models have a 65 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
• 201 hp (150 kW) and 266 lb-ft of torque
• FWD only
• Bolt travels an estimated 416 kms (259 miles) on a single charge
• Bolt EUV is expected to have a range of 402 kms (250 miles)
• Both models feature an 11 kW DC fast charging capability
• Bolt will get up to 161 kms (100 miles) of range in 30 minutes
• Bolt EUV will get up to 153 kms (95 miles) of range in 30 minutes
• A home 240V connection can replenish both batteries in approximately seven hours
• A standard 120V outlet will net 6.4 kms (4 miles ) of range per hour
• A dual-level charge cord is also available – meaning you don’t need separate 120-volt and 240-volt cords (comes standard with the EUV, optional on the Bolt)
• Chevrolet will cover the the “standard installation” cost of adding Level 2 charging to the residence of anyone who purchases or leases a 2022 Bolt or Bolt EUV, enabling them to charge their vehicle at up to 7.2 kW
• Note: this doesn’t include a separate charger
Price & Availability
• The 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV will be available this summer.
• The hatchback starts at $31,995 ($5,500 U.S. less than the 2020 model)
• Chevrolet officials also noted they didn’t de-content the vehicle to lower its price, as the 2022 Bolt actually comes better equipped than its predecessor
• The 2022 Bolt EUV will start at $33,995
• A Bolt EUV Launch Edition will be available initially that features special badging, unique wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Other features will include an illuminated charging port and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. It will start at $43,495.
• Note: U.S. Prices include destination charges, but excludes possible state, local and utility incentives
Chevrolet Bolt Pictures
Chevrolet Bolt EUV Pictures
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