Chevy has been around for over a century, meaning this manufacturer has been around for all of the most major advancements made to automobiles since its inception. Chevy is no stranger to the idea of innovation, and as the industry continuously evolved, Chevy was right there with it. The new big buzzword going around the market is electric vehicles, and Chevy is on top of the game there with models like the Bolt EV and brand new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.
EVs started simply enough, with the likes of the Prius setting the stage for things to come, and nowadays, more manufacturers than ever have committed to an omission-free future, undoubtedly a huge win for the environment. Chevy’s first EV was the Bolt, a sedan that ran solely on electricity, and we were promised an ever wider selection down the line, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing with the launch of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.
As an all-new model that launched alongside a new and improved Bolt EV, this new electric vehicle takes what Chevy has learned from its regular Bolt EV and has crafted one of the most recommendable electric SUVs that you can purchase today. There are three available trims for the Bolt EUV, the most expensive of which is Launch Edition. This trim includes a Panoramic Sunroof and comes standard with Chevy’s new Super Cruise feature, which is an available upgrade on lower-level trims, along with an exclusive badging that shows drivers that you were there for the launch of the EUV.
The base model is called LT and starts at an MSRP of $33,995. You’ll notice this vehicle isn’t only advanced in regards to its electric powertrain, but the included feature set that rivals other vehicles in its price range. Plus, it includes Chevy Safety Assist for a host of advanced safety features on every model. Should you upgrade to the Premier trim, however, you’ll be treated to additional features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, a smarter version of basic cruise control, and leather seats, to name a few upgrades.
Electric vehicles used to be thwarted by a negative stigma relating to low amounts of power, regardless of their phenomenal fuel-efficiency. This isn’t the case anymore, and vehicles such as the 2022 Bolt EUV perform on-par with some other SUV competitors on the market today that are still relegated to gasoline-powered engines. Even more impressive, this performance is then complemented by the sort of EPA-estimated ratings that you would expect with an electric vehicle.
Inside of the 2022 Bolt EUV, you’ll find a combo of a battery and a motor. These two work in tandem to essentially create the overall power output of your vehicle as an engine would. This combo will produce 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, and its transmission is also electric, meaning smooth acceleration throughout. As mentioned, fuel-efficiency is the main selling point of EVs, and the 2022 Bolt EUV gets an estimated range of 250 miles on a single charge.
Charging the Bolt EUV can be done with various chargers, and Chevy is making it easier with the inclusion of a standard Dual Level Charging Cord. With this cord, you can switch between Level 1 charging - using a standard 120 V outlet - and Level 2 charging - using a 240 V outlet. Also, Chevy is partnering with Qmerit to install Level 2 home charging stations for those who qualify, so you'll be able to charge quicker in your home. Plus, you can add DC Fast Charging capability for when you are on the go and need to charge your car up fast. With DC Fast Charging, you can charge up to 95 miles in just 30 minutes. And with more and more charging stations being added across the country, it's more convenient than ever to charge up and head out.
The Bolt EUV is graced with a more spacious interior when compared to the Bolt EV, as the EUV is based on an SUV styling. While both vehicles have a maximum seating capacity of five passengers, it’s the EUV that will ultimately give you a better fit, and this is true for both the front and rear-row of seats. Bringing the Bolt EUV along on vacation or a camping trim is a joy with 56.9 cu.ft. of maximum available cargo space for any personal belongings. However, it’s worth noting that this large amount of cargo space is only seen with the rear-row of seats folded downwards, and realistically you’ll have 16.3 cu.ft. of available trunk space in the EUV when all five seats are occupied.
Your interior can be upgraded in a few ways over the base model. One prime example of this is the leather seating that will come with your Bolt EUV should you opt for the Premier trim. On the other hand, the Launch Edition integrates a panoramic sunroof into your cabin; however, some may find the customizability options rather thin. Regardless of this, Chevy deserves praise for the feature-rich base model, which many aspiring Bolt EUV drivers are likely to choose.
Electric vehicles such as the EUV are equipped with some of the most notable features found in vehicles today, and it only made sense for the technological marvel that is electric vehicles would be fitted with some of the most highlighted technology. This was a very important thing for Chevy to get correct as the Bolt EUV required the most recent technology at its core to successfully avoid irrelevancy so shortly after its launch. One of the ways this has been achieved is by including an infotainment center and a large one at that.
The screen on the Bolt EUV’s infotainment center is a large 10.2-inch screen. This infotainment center can also house an integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can charge your wireless devices without any cable, thanks to including wireless charging pads. Lastly, you can expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to also come with the infotainment center; however, the implementation for the EUV allows for wireless connectivity directly from your smartphone.
Fortunately for aspiring shoppers looking at the Bolt EUV, it’s one of the most reliable rides that you can buy. With a standard inclusion of Chevy Safety Assist, you’ll find an assortment of advanced safety features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, for example. With Automatic Emergency Braking, the EUV can detect when you’re about to collide with another vehicle or obstacle and will essentially serve as a safety net, applying extra braking pressure if the driver doesn’t react promptly.
Typically, Automatic Emergency Braking will protect you against collisions with other vehicles, but with Front Pedestrian Braking also included as part of Chevy Safety Assist, this additional braking pressure can be applied to avoid an accident involving a pedestrian. While Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking can help in a pinch, staying alert at all times while driving is the most important key element. Luckily, Chevy Safety Assist comes included with alert systems such as Forward Collision Alert, which will warn you to apply the brakes before these other braking features are utilized.
The Bolt EUV also includes IntelliBeam Auto High Beams, which will shift between low and high beams according to current road visibility. A Following Distance Indicator is also included. This feature displays a timer that signifies how much time between you and any vehicle in front of yours, which will help with avoiding driving too closely. Also included with the Bolt EUV is both Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning, the first one being a feature that will correct your steering if you’ve accidentally crossed lanes, while Lane Departure Warning is the alert system that will warn you if your vehicle is not within the lane.
One of the most impressive features that is making its Chevy debut alongside the EUV is Super Cruise. Unlike cruise control and even adaptive cruise control, this feature can only be utilized on roads that support it. Currently, there are over 200,000 miles of road in North America that are compatible with the Super Cruise feature, with more being added constantly. While Super Cruise should not be mistaken for self-driving technology, it does provide a hands-free driving experience.
So how do you use Super Cruise? There is a light bar that’s located on the top of your steering wheel inside the EUV, and this light bar will change colors according to the road you’re driving on and whether or not it’s compatible. Should the bar on the light be illuminated green, that means that you’re on a Super Cruise compatible road and can activate the system and let the vehicle drive for a while. Just make sure to keep your eyes on the road.