2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

 With the success of the Bolt hatchback, revealed in late 2016, Chevrolet decided to expand its electric lineup by adding the SUV-inspired Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle), the first offering in General Motors’ ambitious plan to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025.

The Bolt EUV provides more room for both passengers and their cargo, when compared to the Bolt, and offers luxuries like heated front seats and heated steering wheel as standard equipment.  Ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats are also available along with a full panoramic power sunroof.

Chevrolet offers the Bolt EUV in 2 trim levels namely LT and Premier, starting at a price tag of $40,198 and $43,698 respectively. And that’s before the $5,000 Canadian federal EV rebate.

Bolt EUV Premier has the distinction of being Chevrolet's first vehicle to be offered with Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance system. Also available on the Premier model is Chevy's HD Surround Vision and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Bolt EUV Performance

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV gives you just one powertrain option consisting of an electric motor generating 200 horsepower, driving the front wheels only. Unfortunately, all-wheel-drive isn’t available. However, the acceleration performance is energetic, as is the case with electric powertrains. The compact electric crossover employs regenerative braking to offer one-pedal driving and increase the range. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time is in the mid-six second range.

Battery Life and Recharging 

The sole battery option is a 65.0-kWh battery pack, which General Motors claims deliver over 400 km of range between charges. Standard on the Bolt EUV is the new dual-level charge cord, which allows you to "slow-charge" on a  standard 120-volt outlet or quick-charge on a 240-volt outlet up to 7.2 kW. So Bolt EUV owners who already have an available  240-volt outlet, won't be required to purchase an aftermarket EV charger to get Level 2 charging. GM estimates the DC fast charging at 240 volts can add 161 km of range in only 30 minutes.

The Bolt EUV Interior

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV comes with a standard flat-bottom steering wheel and a push-button gear selector. The crossover is longer, wider, and taller than its hatchback sibling. However, the only benefactor of its longer wheelbase is the rear seats with cargo volume slightly less than the Bolt hatchback (16.6 / 470 vs 16.3 / 462).

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV comes equipped with a digital gauge display and a big 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with integrated climate controls. Connectivity is a focus with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon's Alexa, and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also configure Chevy’s app to set charging alerts and find nearby charging points.

Driver Safety

The standard driver-assist features include automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, but those looking to make their drives safer can opt for the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system and adaptive cruise control by paying a little extra.

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