The Chevrolet Bolt EV arrived in 2017, giving the American automaker a legitimate competitor in the EV space. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV will come with an all-new look and tech. A more crossover-like platform-mate, the Bolt EUV, will accompany this redesigned EV hatchback.
Stylistically, the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV will share a base design that’ll include a more rounded front end with slim LED headlights and a closed grille. The Bolt EV will set itself apart with black accents that flow from the front fenders through the fog light housings. Around back, the Bolt EV’s distinguishing design features will include thicker taillights and a lower bumper with less cladding. Down the sides, the Bolt EV sets itself apart with less body cladding than its EUV sibling. Chevy also claims the Bolt EV will include 100% unique sheet metal, giving the EUV a more muscular look. The Bolt EV will also be 6.3 inches shorter, 0.2 inches narrower, and 0.2 inches lower than the EUV.
Inside, the Bolt EV will get a fully redesigned cabin that’ll boast a more mainstream look than the current model. This interior will include a stylish flat-bottom steering wheel, a clean dash with angular air vents, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, a push-button gear shifter, and more. With the Bolt EV and EUV sharing most of this redesigned cabin, the differences are hard to spot, but the main distinction is the EV’s narrower lower steering wheel spoke.
The 2022 Bolt EV will also have a tighter rear seat with just 36 inches of leg room – 3.1 inches less than the EUV. In all other measurements, the Bolt EV is a bit roomier than the EUV, including its 16.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 56.9 cubes of max cargo room, which are 0.3 and 0.1 cubes larger than the Bolt EUV, respectively.
Standard tech features in the 2022 Bolt EV will include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optionally, buyers can add a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless charging pad, which is standard in the EUV.
Under its hood, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV will share a powertrain: a single electric motor with 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A 65-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery will deliver up to a GM-estimated 259 miles on a charge – 9 miles more than the Bolt EUV. The 2022 Bolt EV will deliver an estimated 100 miles of range with just 30 minutes on a DC fast charger – 5 more miles than the EUV.
Official IIHS testing will come later, but the 2022 Bolt EV will come standard with a wide range of safety tech. This laundry list of features will include automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, following distance indicator, automatic high-beam headlights, and front pedestrian braking. Optionally, buyers will be able to add rear cross-traffic alert, 360-degree HD camera, adaptive cruise control, and even GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance.