2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 16, 2021
FAST FACTS
  • New stretched version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car
  • Thanks to its styling, Chevy calls the Bolt EUV a crossover SUV
  • 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque
  • 250 miles of driving range on a full battery
  • Charges overnight using a 240-volt Level 2 charging source
  • Chevrolet will pay the installation cost of a 240-volt outlet at your home
  • Added wheelbase and length contribute to better rear-seat space
  • First GM product that isn’t a Cadillac to get Super Cruise Level 2+ driving assistance technology
  • Prices start at $33,995; ineligible for the federal income tax credit
  • Chevrolet Bolt EUV release date is in the summer of 2021

Introduction

General Motors plans to launch 30 new electric vehicles (EVs) globally by 2025, and the new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is the first one to arrive. It will roll into showrooms in the summer of 2021, accompanied by a refreshed version of its shorter sibling, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Silver Front View

The two vehicles share a platform and electric powertrain, but the new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is longer on the outside and larger on the inside. Chevrolet also says the Bolt EUV is a crossover SUV, but it doesn’t offer an all-wheel-drive system. It uses a propulsion system carried over from the current Bolt EV and provides an estimated 250 miles of driving on a full battery. Improved infotainment and driving assistance technologies are also on the menu.

Chevrolet will offer the Bolt EUV in LT and Premier trim levels, as well as a limited-production Launch Edition. The base price is $33,995 (including the destination charge), while the Launch Edition will sell for $43,495. Reservations for the Launch Edition are open on Chevrolet’s website. The Bolt EUV is not eligible for a federal income tax credit.

Exterior Features

What makes the new Bolt EUV a crossover SUV? Simulated skid plates front and rear, gray cladding around the wheel wells and along the rocker panels, and roof rails.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Silver Rear and Side View

Thematically, the Bolt EUV looks like the Bolt EV, but Chevrolet says the two vehicles do not share any bodywork. The EUV has 2.9 inches of added wheelbase, 6 inches of additional length, and is 0.2-in. wider and taller than the standard Bolt EV.

Proportionally, the Bolt EUV is appealing, and its clean, friendly, technical appearance is likable. Standard LED headlights and what Chevrolet characterizes as “brand-specific, high-eye daytime running lamps” are standard. The running lights double as sequential turn-signal indicators.

Interior Features

The Bolt EUV shares its dashboard with the refreshed Bolt EV. Higher quality materials and a more sophisticated design improve the look and feel compared to the old Bolt EV. But, since the new EUV is not wider than the EV, it remains a narrow vehicle more suitable for holding four people instead of five.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Interior Dashboard

In front, new seat designs intend to improve comfort, and the upholstery features a geometric pattern with contrast stitching for a higher quality appearance. Heated and ventilated front seats are available, and EUV buyers can upgrade with a glass panoramic sunroof.

The main reason to get the Bolt EUV instead of the Bolt EV is for its added 3.1 inches of rear-seat legroom. This represents a substantial – and much needed – gain in passenger comfort, making a Bolt a more viable option for families. Heated rear seats are available.

Unexpectedly, cargo volume measurements for the Bolt EUV are a little smaller than the Bolt EV. In the EUV, cargo volume measures 16.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat, compared to 16.6 cu.-ft. in the EV. The two vehicles are virtually identical with the back seat folded, the Bolt EUV coming in at 56.9 cu.-ft. (vs. 57 cu.-ft. for the EV).

Under the Hood

Carried over from the 2021 Bolt EV, the EUV has a single motor drive unit good for 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. As is true of all electric vehicles, the torque arrives the moment you push down on the accelerator pedal.

The electric motor gets its power from a 65-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid-cooled active thermal management system. This battery and its chemistry were new for the 2020 model year.

A new electronic transmission shift design includes buttons and toggles that help save space on the center console. Chevrolet includes a Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel, and a new one-pedal driving button keeps the function engaged between driving cycles. One-pedal driving increases friction in the drivetrain, allowing the driver to brake by releasing the accelerator pedal.

Chevrolet equips the Bolt EUV with a new dual-level charging cord that works with both 120-volt household outlets (Level 1 charging) and 240-volt outlets up to 7.2 kW (Level 2 charging). 

Furthermore, and this is important, Chevrolet will pay the installation costs of a 240-volt outlet at your home if you buy or lease the car. This would be a 7-kW outlet, like the one your dryer requires, so there is no need to purchase a separate charging station. Chevrolet will not, however, pay any costs associated with upgrading your home’s electrical system or panel, if that is required. 

Chevrolet says it will take about 10 hours to recharge the Bolt EUV using that 240-volt outlet, adding about 25 miles of range every hour. That’s much better than the 4 miles of range every hour that you’d see using a standard 120-volt household outlet. But, if you charge overnight, the EUV will add 40 miles of range by morning if you use a standard household outlet. 

The Bolt EUV can also use up to an 11-kW Level 2 charger, but that requires additional equipment that Chevy does not include with the vehicle. It is compatible with DC fast chargers, too, adding 95 miles of range in 30 minutes. GM says it is collaborating with charging station provider EVgo to triple the number of DC fast chargers available in the company’s nationwide network. The goal is to add 2,700 of them by 2025.

Safety Systems

Every 2022 Bolt EUV will have standard Chevy Safety Assist. This collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) includes forward-collision warning, front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high-beam headlights. Upgrades include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and a surround-view camera.

Super Cruise is an option for the Bolt EUV Premier, making it the first GM product without a Cadillac badge to get the hands-free ADAS technology. It works on approximately 200,000 miles of eligible roads in North America, allowing drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel for extended periods. 

Drivers must remain engaged and ready to take control if necessary. A sophisticated driver monitoring system using a small camera and infrared lighting can tell if the driver’s eyes look away from the road for too long, triggering requests to pay attention or, in the absence of compliance, re-take full control of the vehicle.

Note that the Bolt EUV offers original-recipe Super Cruise. This is not the enhanced version of Super Cruise with hands-free lane-change capability.

Infotainment and Technology

Standard equipment includes an 8-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Every Bolt EUV has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability. New in-vehicle apps for this system include Alexa, Spotify, The Weather Channel, and more.

A MyChevrolet App provides an Energy feature that helps Bolt EUV drivers to locate charging stations and provide real-time availability. You can also pay for charging through a click-to-charge feature. The Chevrolet EV Access Package adds remote viewing of current charging status and current battery charge level, and the ability to customize charging settings.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Competitors

The new Bolt EUV’s primary competitors are the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV. Both cost more, but if a buyer is eligible for the full $7,500 federal income tax credit on the Hyundai and Kia, all three vehicles carry competitive pricing.

With the Bolt EUV, Chevrolet resolves a chief complaint with the Bolt EV. The rear-seat legroom is much improved. Otherwise, there isn’t much of a reason to pay $2,000 more for the EUV unless you really like the idea of driving an electric SUV instead of an electric car.

Chevrolet is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of February 14, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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