The good news: the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is better looking, packs a nicer interior, and comes with more standard equipment. It will also go on sale for $5,500 less than the outgoing model. And it gains a big brother in the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV that is billed as an SUV despite not offering all-wheel drive.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at $31,995. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which is about six inches longer than the cheaper Bolt and provides three inches more legroom for rear passengers, starts at $33,995. General Motors has burned through its allotment of tax credits so there are no discounts from the federal government.
To herald the debut of its newcomer, Chevy is offering a limited production Bolt EUV Launch Edition for $43,495 with special badging and features such as a sunroof and GM’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving assistance system. Reservations are being taken for the Launch Edition at Chevy’s website. Officials are not saying how many will be built, but the website will let customers know when the cap has been reached.
Free Charger Installation With 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV
And Chevy will cover the cost of installing a Level 2 charger for eligible customers who buy or lease a 2022 Bolt or Bolt EUV. Chevy works with Qmerit to ensure licensed, insured installers do the work.
New for the 2022 Bolt family is a new, so-called “Dual Level Charge Cord” with a changeable plug to use either 120- or 240-volt outlets should eliminate the need for some customers to buy a separate charger for their home. Customers can plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging or a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts, which is consistent with the average home. Both vehicles are actually capable of 11-kW Level 2 charging but that requires separate charging equipment. The new cord is standard on the 2022 Bolt EUV and available with the 2022 Bolt EV.
More for Less
So how is Chevy pulling off this rabbit-in-a-hat trick of a better vehicle for less money? Well, it’s not de-contenting the 2022 model, chief engineer Jesse Ortega said. In fact, more features are being offered for less, including additional active safety items, as well as more comfortable seats, nicer interior materials, and LED lights complete with sequential turn signals.
The real sleight of hand is that the original Chevy Bolt has been on the market for four years, which gave the bow-tie brand lots of time to improve the EV by working with suppliers, gaining volume and scale, and generally reducing costs. The BEV2 architecture used by the Bolt is officially the old electric vehicle platform; GM has turned its sights to its new BEV3 electric vehicle architecture and Ultium battery management system for forthcoming EVs such as the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, and more.
The new Bolt and Bolt EUV do not, and will not, migrate to the Ultium system, which employs an entirely different battery chemistry that allows it to achieve a much greater driving range, Ortega confirmed. And because the 2022 Bolt EUV doesn’t use GM’s new, more capable electrical architecture, the EUV uses GM’s conventional Super Cruise system, and not the enhanced version that can also handle lane changes. It also means over-the-air updates are limited to the infotainment system—not vehicle upgrades.
The Range Equation
So, GM worked on making the Bolt and Bolt EUV the best they can be on the existing platform. The 2022 Bolt is expected to maintain the current model’s 259-mile range on a full charge. The larger Bolt EUV will travel a manufacturer-estimated 250 miles on a full charge. With DC fast charging, the Bolt EV can add 100 miles of range in 30 minutes. At home, a full-charge at 240 volts takes an estimated seven hours.
While the 2022 Bolts will be assembled at GM’s Orion plant in Michigan, the 200-hp electric motor, which is fed energy from a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, will continue to be sourced from South Korea.
Production of both the 2022 Bolt and 2022 Bolt EUV begins in late spring, with the two vehicles set to go on sale in all 50 states in early summer. Of the roughly 3,000 Chevrolet dealers in the U.S., about 1,300 are equipped to sell EVs now and almost all will continue to do so, Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros said. Unlike GMC dealers, which are working on how best to allocate the limited supply of Hummer EVs after the Edition 1 truck sold out in minutes, Chevy has an established allocation system and no concerns about getting enough Bolts to dealers.
Majoros expects total Bolt sales to increase but would not cite volume projections. Executives also would not say how many customers will continue to choose the smaller, value-oriented Bolt EV versus the larger Bolt EUV. With both vehicles built in the same plant and using the same architecture, GM has the flexibility to switch the mix of the two to meet demand. The plant can go as much as 25/75 for either model, Ortega said of the build ratio.
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