Chevrolet at all times tried to market its Bolt electrical automotive as a crossover, however the tall, skinny hatchback wasn’t fooling anybody. Now, the model is making extra of a go at it with the reshaped and barely embiggened 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Besides it is not a alternative for the outdated automotive – it is an addition to an expanded lineup that also consists of the outdated physique type, albeit revised with most of the identical parts as its extra SUVish sibling.
The important thing distinction between the pair, in addition to a letter U, is within the EUV’s stretched wheelbase. Rising almost 3 inches, it contributes to a commensurate improve in rear seat legroom – one of many areas of enchancment indicated by present Bolt EV house owners. They have been apparently tremendous with the cargo capability because it’s just about equivalent: 16.6 cubic-feet with the again seat up within the EV and truly a wee bit smaller at 16.3 within the EUV. The EUV’s general size can also be 6.3 inches longer, nevertheless it’s solely 0.2 inch wider and taller, its observe is stretched 0.4 inch and the curb weight is just 90 kilos extra. So yeah, it is actually not that a lot greater.
Bolts EV and EUV share the identical carryover electrical powertrain: a single motor and gearset that sends 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque to the entrance wheels solely. Chevrolet says that all-wheel drive is not a requisite for a crossover. The battery can also be the identical as earlier than (no Ultium for the Bolt), a 65 kWh pack that continues to supply 259 miles of vary for the EV and a minor discount to 250 for the larger EUV. No complaints there.
Each come customary with DC quick charging functionality that enables the Bolts to recharge as much as 100 (EV) or 95 (EUV) miles price of electrical energy in half-hour. A dual-level cost twine can also be obtainable (customary EUV, optionally available EV) that means you do not want separate 120-volt and 240-volt cords, although that is now commonplace in electrical and plug-in hybrid autos.
Chevrolet additionally introduced that it’s now providing to cowl the set up value of 240-volt charging functionality for its prospects, which is a good incentive worthy of extra consideration than Chevy gave it throughout a quick product presentation Friday. Observe that this does not embody a separate charger. Relatively, it is protecting the price of putting in a 240-volt outlet you may plug the dual-level cost twine into. Though set up prices can fluctuate by job, Chevrolet says that there needs to be sufficient economies of scale to make this system work financially (although they did acknowledge that there could be some excessive examples that may disqualify somebody from the provide).
2022 Bolt EUV left, 2020 Bolt EV proper
The inside sees the most important change for the Bolt EV with a brand new design shared with the EUV. It is extra horizontally oriented with a middle stack that is much less pod-like. The usual 10.2-inch touchscreen returns, nevertheless it has an all-new UI, plus help from now-standard wi-fi charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Two extra buyer requests have been addressed inside: extra snug seats, please, and higher inside supplies. We won’t touch upon the seats but, however the supplies are fairly clearly nicer. The outdated Bolt’s uncommon mild grey plastics at all times got here off vaguely like they have been sourced from a sizzling tub. These appear extra regular and there is even some pleather stitched on the sprint per present vogue. The switchgear additionally will get an improve with rows of shiny black HVAC buttons extra clearly separated from these for the infotainment system (it retains knobs for quantity and redundant display screen management plus a menu button).
Down on the redesigned heart console is a brand new push-and-pull button shifter, not not like Honda’s, changing the unloved electronically managed lever that may nonetheless be present in varied different GM autos. A fifth button (the inexperienced one) is added to interact one-pedal driving. Beforehand in electrified Chevys, going all the way in which again to the unique Volt, you’d interact one-pedal driving by dropping the gear lever into L. That was clearly unintuitive; that is higher. The brand new flat-bottom steering wheel additionally adopts GM’s distinctive Regen on Demand paddles.
High: 2022 Bolt EUV. Backside left: 2022 Bolt EV. Backside proper: 2020 Bolt EV.
The outside styling is way bolder, highlighted by Chevy’s “high-eye” LED lighting parts, separate headlight items under. Will or not it’s everybody’s cup of tea? Maybe not, however to our eyes, the look is way much less dorky.
Although it is awfully exhausting to inform the brand new EUV and refreshed EV other than a look, they really do not share any sheetmetal. Key tells together with the black trim that connects the mirrors to each lighting parts on the EV and the differing decrease bumper trim. The EV has a little bit of coloured trim bifurcating the airdam; the EUV has some SUVish chrome chin cladding. The EUV’s rear is an enormous boxier, its taillights appear like Y’s on their sides and the black bumper trim extends additional up. There are additionally variations within the higher rear quarter panel the place the ever-present floating roof impact is created. In profile, you may be aware the differing physique sculpting and window strains. In complete, the EUV seems to be much less like a tall, slender hatchback, however its place as a crossover remains to be a bit tenuous.
Lastly, pricing for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV plunges by $5,000 regardless of the nicer inside and presence of now-standard driver help tech (the Bolts may even be the primary Chevrolets and GM EVs to be obtainable with Tremendous Cruise). The bottom worth, together with vacation spot, is $31,995. The Bolt EUV is just $2,000 extra at $33,995, which makes you surprise a bit why Chevy even bothered holding the unique round in any respect. Particularly contemplating their related seems to be and sizes, plus the potential confusion of promoting two autos of the identical title, plus or minus a U. That entire Bolt/Volt factor was unhealthy sufficient.
Additionally, needless to say the Bolts are usually not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit score relevant to most different EVs. Like Tesla, since Chevrolet began down Electrical Avenue so early with the Volt and Bolt, it exhausted the finite variety of credit granted to every producer. One can actually debate the advantage of that given the supposed level of the credit is to encourage the acquisition of electrical vehicles. However, that is the scenario, and it is doable that state and native tax credit should apply. Talking of states, the Bolts can be bought in all 50 of them, however only one,300 of Chevy’s 3,000 sellers will promote them. Not all meet the necessities for service and gross sales of electrical vehicles, nor the DC quick charging at sellers. Many, presumably, even have no real interest in one among these newfangled issues when their prospects simply need Silverados and Tahoes.
Truthful sufficient, however GM has introduced fairly clearly that its future is electrical, and with one other Bolt in its toolbox, that future is one step nearer.