Chevrolet has announced details, timing and pricing for its expanded 2022 Bolt electric vehicle lineup, the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV. Available in the summer of 2021, the 2022 Bolt EUV will start at $33,995, and the 2022 Bolt EV will start at $31,995 – over $5,000 less than the starting price of a 2021 Bolt EV. A Launch Edition of the Bolt EUV will also be available starting at $43,395, fitted with Super Cruise, a sunroof, unique wheels, special badging, and an illuminated charge port. Prices include destination and freight, but are before any available state, local, or utility incentives.
If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price a Bolt on Chevrolet’s official web site.
The Chevrolet Bolt was introduced as a 2017 model in the United States, a subcompact five-door hatchback with a single motor and front-wheel drive. Chevrolet sold nearly 80,000 Bolt EVs from 2017 through 2020, marking an opening salvo to parent company General Motors’ assault on the battery-powered vehicle market.
At a “General Motors Electric Immersion” event last March, GM revealed its plan to add a second Bolt variant. The Bolt EV will benefit from a refreshed exterior design, while the new EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) will share an architecture with the EV, but a different design with no shared sheet metal. Both vehicles will get a new interior, with a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen display and an 8.0-inch reconfigurable color gauge cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, along with wireless phone charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The new EUV is 6.3 inches longer and fractionally taller and wider than the EV, with an additional 2.6 cubic feet of passenger volume. Each Bolt will use the same 65-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack and single electric motor and gearset (200 hp/266 lb-ft of torque). The Bolt EV’s range is estimated at 259 miles, while the bigger and heavier Bolt EUV’s range is estimated at 250 miles. A full charge from empty at 240 volts will take about 7 hours. DC Fast Charge is supported, and adds range at a rate of up to 95 – 100 miles in 30 minutes.
Bolt will be the first Chevrolet to offer Super Cruise, General Motors’ hands-free driver assistance system, currently featured on select Cadillac vehicles.
Chevrolet is making a big push to simplify charging for customers, both at home and at commercial stations. The company will cover standard installation of Level 2 charging capability for eligible customers, and will include the new Dual Level Charge Cord, which does not require a standalone charging station. GM has partnered with EVgo to triple the number of fast chargers in the US by adding more than 2,700 stations around the country by the end of 2025.
Electrification is taking place in fits and starts, and the expansion of the Chevrolet Bolt lineup is a significant step in General Motors’ strategy. Bringing out an improved EV with a lower price than the outgoing model shows that economies of scale are beginning to kick in, and the sleeping giant that is General Motors is beginning to stir from its slumber. If Bolt proves popular, other automakers will be forced to follow and compete, bringing more affordable EVs for everyone.