The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) is an all-new addition to the General Motors electric vehicle portfolio. The compact, five-passenger, crossover uses the same platform as the newly redesigned Chevrolet Bolt EV but is longer overall and has a stretched wheelbase to provide more passenger space and utility. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will start around $34,000 when it goes on sale later in 2021.
The new Bolt EUV and Bolt EV share no exterior sheet metal with the outgoing Bolt EV, which debuted as a 2017 model, and the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV share no sheet metal with each other, either. The exterior design of the two Bolt vehicles is very similar, though (you’ll probably need to look at the badging on the EUV’s exterior to make sure which Bolt you’ve encountered).
Each is athletically drawn, easily recognizable as a relative of the rest of the Chevy crossovers (Trax, Trailblazer, Blazer, Equinox, and Traverse, from smallest to largest). Beyond the name badges and the solid patterned grille up front (there’s no radiator, so less airflow required for cooling), nothing about the Bolt EUV shouts “Electric Vehicle!”
The size differences between the EUV and the EV are subtle, just a matter of inches here and there. Bolt EUV’s wheelbase is 105.3 inches, about three inches longer than the EV, and overall length for the EUV is 169.5 inches, about six inches longer than the EV. The Bolt EUV is about the same size as the Chevrolet Trailblazer crossover SUV, the second-smallest in Chevy’s crossover lineup.
(The 2022 Bolt EUV in our photos is a preproduction example in Silver Metallic.)
The Bolt EUV sample we drove was a pre-production unit, with a few details and surfaces still in early form. Even so, we could see a nice improvement in the overall look and feel of the interior. New textures and details have been added, like visible stitching on the layered dash, and a pattern on the dash inserts matching the triangular geometric pattern of the seat coverings. It’s a nice, comfortable cabin – not luxurious, but not stripped-down, either. The layout is clear, simple and uncomplicated, with a 10.2-inch diagonal color touchscreen at the top of the center stack for infotainment, and a logical array of buttons and controls below. A new electronic gear selector in the center console engages pull toggles and push buttons in a way that’s intuitive to understand and use.
The new flat-bottomed steering wheel is home to a number of controls, some redundant for audio and some for the 8.0-inch configurable color gauge cluster. There’s a regen-on-command paddle on the steering wheel, as there was on the original Bolt. On the Super Cruise-equipped models, like our sample, there’s an embedded light bar at the top of the wheel. It lights up blue when Super Cruise is available, changes to green when the system is engaged, or flashes red when the system disengages or needs the driver’s attention.
The Bolt EUV’s second row is a comfortable, if utilitarian space, with three inches more legroom than the Bolt EV’s space – a critical measurement which makes the EUV a much more pleasant space for rear-seat passengers. Curiously, the Bolt EUV has more overall passenger volume (96.5 cubic feet vs. 93.9 cubic feet), but about the same luggage space behind the second row (16.3 cubic feet vs. 16.6 cubic feet) and cargo space with the second row folded (56.9 cubic feet vs. 57.0 cubic feet).
The Bolt EUV is a pure electric vehicle, using a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery energy storage system comprised of multiple linked modules. The 288-cell battery weighs 947 lbs, and stores 65 kWh of energy. It carries an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty from GM.
The system uses a single electric permanent magnetic drive motor (200 hp/266 lb-ft of torque) with a direct drive gearset powering the front wheels.
The Bolt EUV comes with a new dual level charge cord with a changeable plug so you can connect to a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging, and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging (up to 7.2 kW). The Bolt EUV is capable of 11-kW Level 2 charging, which requires additional separate equipment. In collaboration with Qmerit, Chevrolet will cover the cost of standard installation of Level 2 charging for qualified purchase or lease customers. Using the myChevrolet app on a smartphone, you can find one of the over 80,000 chargers in North America, and use the click-to-charge feature to pay for electricity. GM and EVgo are expanding their network of fast-chargers right now, with a goal of adding more than 2,700 charging stations by the end of 2025.
Charging time is estimated at four miles of range in about an hour at 120 volts (household current, Level 1). That means that if you plug in your Bolt EUV when you get home from work at 6:00 pm, you should have recovered up to 56 miles of range by the time you unplug and leave for the office again at 8:00 am. If your commute is under 28 miles each way, in theory, you could keep your Bolt topped off at Level 1. At 240 volts (Level 2), you can achieve a full charge from “empty” in about seven hours. When you have access to a DC Fast Charge station, you can get up to 95 miles of charge in about 30 minutes. With a full charge, the Bolt EUV has a range of approximately 250 miles.
In a lot of ways, driving a Bolt EUV is an unremarkable experience – which is exactly how it should be. The basics of driving a car apply, no special knowledge or skills required. Press the start button, engage Drive, give it some throttle and the Bolt EUV leaves the line in a very controllable, predictable fashion. Since all of an electric motor’s torque or twisting force is available at zero rpm, software and hardware must collaborate to deliver the power in a linear fashion. You don’t want all the torque at once – all you’ll do is burn rubber and spin the tires until you get traction. Chevy has dialed in a nice balance, leaving the Bolt EUV to feel smooth off the line, yet still quick and sprightly. As the torque feeds in, the Bolt EUV manages nicely. The near-silent operation soon becomes familiar, and has the side-benefit of keeping the cabin serene. Sound-deadening measures have been improved over the original Bolt EV, so less wind and road noise intrudes into the cabin, too. You can create your own soundscape, too, using the Bolt EUV’s native sound system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, along with integrated Amazon Alexa. Wireless phone charging is standard on the Bolt EUV, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available.
All the way up to highway speeds, the Bolt EUV is a pleasure to drive. A button in the center console allows you to select one-pedal driving mode, a boon for commuters who must contend with traffic. In one-pedal mode, as you lift your foot from the throttle pedal, the regenerative brakes engage, inducing deceleration, all the way to a stop if you want. By balancing the pressure you put on the throttle pedal, you can control your car through its full range of motion. If you need to stop quickly, you can still use the brake pedal – but with a little practice, you can drive smoothly using just one pedal. Braking can be tweaked further using the regen paddle on the steering wheel, increasing or decreasing the level of energy capture while you drive. It can be a bit of a fun game to see how much you can use these systems to extend your potential range.
The Bolt EUV uses independent suspension in the front (MacPherson struts with a stabilizer bar) and a torsion beam with coil springs in the rear. Handling is acceptable for the intended purpose of the vehicle, and the column-mounted electric power steering gives good feel and feedback at all speeds. If we had one complaint with the original Bolt EV, it was that the steering feel got very light at speed, almost like a go-kart. We had no similar complaint with the Bolt EUV, which has a better ride and more stable feel on the road, possibly thanks to the longer wheelbase and better weight distribution on the chassis.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will go on sale later in 2021.
- LT (starting around $34,000) – This is the base model.
- Premier (starting around $38,500) – This adds adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, HD Surround Vision, and is eligible for available Super Cruise.
- Launch Edition (starting around $43,500) – This limited production model will have Super Cruise, a sunroof, unique wheels, special badging, and an illuminated charging port. A refundable $100 fee is required to reserve a Bolt EUV Launch Edition.
If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price a Bolt EUV on Chevrolet’s official web site.
Bolt EUV’s best feature is its electric powertrain, which promises to deliver affordable efficiency, long life, and low maintenance.
The Bolt EUV’s longer wheelbase, roomier second row, and bigger cargo hold, versus the Bolt EV, pay benefits not only in passenger comfort and carrying capacity, but in a smoother, more stable ride than its more compact sibling.
Though we like the idea of Super Cruise, we suspect most Bolt EUV buyers will be using their vehicles close to home and work, diminishing the opportunities to use Super Cruise, which is mainly a highway feature. We’d opt for a Bolt EUV as close to the base model as possible, and choose only the options we couldn’t live without.
The splashy feature on Bolt EUV is the available Super Cruise, which is both a safety feature and a convenience feature. Beyond the semi-autonomous hands-off-the-wheel coolness of Super Cruise, the system has great safety benefits like dynamic range cruise control, lane keeping, and driver attention monitoring. Even if you don’t opt to add Super Cruise, you still get standard Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of advanced driver assistance technologies. You can add available rear cross-traffic alert, an HD surround-vision camera, and adaptive cruise control.
Pure electric vehicles like the Bolt are no longer just for early adopters. The Bolt EUV would be a great second vehicle for a small family, perfect for local trips, carpools, shopping, and commuting.
Bolt EUV also works for city dwellers who have a place to charge at work, or who can install a charger where they park at home.
Bolt is a particularly easy car to drive, so it could be a good match with a young driver, or with a new or returning driver who wants unintimidating transportation.
The Chevrolet Bolt EUV makes a lot of sense, and is a marked improvement over the original Bolt EV. The fact that its starting price is lower than the outgoing vehicle’s is a great sign of progress, that economies of scale are beginning to kick in for Chevrolet. Over 100,000 Bolt EV examples have been sold since its introduction in 2017. Of course, the downside of success is that GM vehicles are no longer eligible for the Federal tax credit, though some state and local rebates and credits may still apply, along with utility company subsidies and rebates. If you’ve been on the fence about adding an electric car to your household, it may be time to jump off that fence and take a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV for a drive.
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Photos by Jason Fogelson