We had been smitten with the Chevy Bolt EV when it debuted back in 2017, maybe ignoring the battery recall. However, the 2022 model year’s redesign isn’t simply a replacement to the Bolt EV’s options and capabilities; it features a new, compact SUV-sized variant as effectively, dubbed the Bolt EUV.
On the surface, it’s not onerous to inform the EV and EUV aside. The EUV is half a foot longer, for one factor. And because the firm factors out, the 2 automobiles don’t share any exterior physique panels. Beneath the hood, nevertheless, the Bolt EV and EUV are functionally comparable. They use the identical 65W, 288-cell lithium-ion battery pack, and they’re propelled utilizing the identical single entrance 200 HP (150kW), 266 lb-ft of torque, electrical motor. The Bolt EV is a little more environmentally friendly than the bigger EUV, boasting 259 miles of vary — a nine-mile benefit over the EUV’s 250.
However, vary isn’t the whole lot. The Bolt EUV gives its passengers an extended wheelbase, extra head house, and better journey peak. It’s also the primary Chevy automobile to supply the corporate’s Tremendous Cruise hands-free driver help operate. Not simply the primary Chevy EV, first ChEVy.
The Tremendous Cruise operates GM’s superior adaptive cruise management, providing a fingers-free driving possibility alongside some 200,000 miles of mapped North American roadways, counting on a mixture of onboard cameras, sensors, and GPS monitoring to information the automobile. The system has seen some dramatic efficiency enhancements lately, corresponding to, in the case of the new Escalade, the flexibility to vary lanes in transferring visitors without direct wheel enter from the motive force.
GM has already promised to implement the self-directing system in 22 vehicles by the 2023 mannequin 12 months. Each EV and EUV will include the Chevy Security Help ADAS normal. Future iterations of the Tremendous Cruise system may port at present highway-only fingers free driving choices to work on metropolis streets.
“We’re trying to take that same capability off the highway. Ultra Cruise would be all of the Super Cruise plus the neighborhoods, city streets, and subdivisions. So Ultra Cruise’s domain would be essentially all driving, all the time,” GM’s VP of worldwide product improvement Doug Parks announced last May. “What we’re not saying is that Ultra Cruise will be fully autonomous 100 percent of the time, although that could be one of the end games.”
Better of all, it watches your face. At any time when the Tremendous Cruise operate is activated, a tiny infrared digicam mounted on the steering column displays the motive force’s face to make sure that they’re taking note of the highway around them. It really works at night time; it really works with facial hair — even while you’re carrying sun shades, it will work more often than not.
That stated, the 2022 EV and EUV will each provide the conventional mixture of apps and retailers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each preinstalled. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is normal on the EUV and elective on the EV, and Amazon Alexa is accessible as effectively.
Chevy also introduced a brand new mixed charging wire; however, please attempt to comprise your pleasure. Commonplace with the Bolt EUV and obtainable for Bolt EV, it “has a changeable plug that allows the customer to plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts,” based on a recent press release, so which means one much less wire to hold within the boot no less than. That new wire helps as much as an 11kW Stage 2; however, you’ll want “separate charging equipment (not included)” to take action. Now, if you qualify by leasing or shopping for a Bolt EV or EUV, Chevy might provide to cowl the prices of putting in a Stage 2 charger on/in your property. Utilizing a DC quick charging system, 2022 Bolt homeowners can count on to get between 95 and 100 miles of vary with a 30-minute recharge session.
The 2022 Bolt EUV is priced from $33,995, and the 2022 Bolt EV begins at $31,995. Each will hit Chevy present flooring this summer season.