Chevrolet has comprehensively redesigned the Bolt EV for 2022, both inside and outside. The re-imagined all-electric hatchback represents a highly successful start for GM’s ambitious plan to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025. The automaker wants to become carbon neutral by 2040. Chevrolet’s 1st pure battery-electric vehicle has racked up more than 112,000 global sales since its launch in late 2016. The car is built on GM’s EV-specific BEV2 platform, also used on the 2022 Bolt EUV. Both the EV and EUV are 5+5s: 5 doors and 5 passengers.
Bolt’s awards and recognitions have been numerous. They include:
• 2016 Time Magazine’s list of Best Inventions of 2016
• 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year
• 2017 North American Car of the Year
• 2017 AutoGuide.com Reader's Choice Green Car of the Year
• 2017 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards Car of the Year
• 2017 Green Car of the Year, awarded by the Green Car Journal
The EV has been given enhanced features and a much lower price. It comes in two trims: 1LT (MSRP: $31,995) and 2LT (MSRP: $35,195). These prices are $5,500 less than last year’s models, which started around $37,500. Both models use Front-Wheel Drive powertrains that deliver instant acceleration; one of the characteristics which has made this car so popular. The EV hits 60mph in 6.3 seconds.
Bolt’s fuel economy is excellent at 131/109/120 MPGe for city/highway/combined. The EPA estimates you’ll save $6,000 in fuel costs over 5 years by driving a Bolt, compared to driving a comparable gas car. This is one of the highest fuel economy ratings projected by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The 2022 Bolt’s EPA-estimated 259 miles of range falls short of the Tesla Model 3 (263 miles) but beats the Hyundai Kona EV by one mile. Bolt’s base model MSRP ($31,995) beats both cars (Tesla Model 3: $35,990 / Kona EV: $34,000). The roomy, refreshed cabin, futuristic styling and excellent driving dynamics of the 2022 model make it a standout for customers considering EV adoption at an affordable price.
Concerning Bolt customer demographics, Chevrolet says: “Most importantly, 70% of Bolt EV buyers are new to the Chevrolet brand, which has given Chevy newfound tech credentials among the electric vehicle audience. Additionally, 33% of Bolt EV owners did not own an alternative-fuel vehicle before purchasing the electric car. One-third of buyers traded in a gasoline-powered car for their Bolt as well.” According to an Ipsos study,* customers interested in Bolts are almost evenly split between males (52%) and females (48%). 38% of interested customers are Millennials.
The EV uses a one-pedal-driving mode which can be activated via a button on the center console. The EV’s Regenerative Braking on demand captures otherwise lost energy, even without using the brake pedal, sending the energy to the battery pack. The electrified hatchback is still available with DC fast charging that can add about 100 miles of range every 30 minutes with a Level 3 connection.
The car’s Interior Permanent Magnet electric motor is integrated with a single-speed transmission and differential, to form a single modular drive unit that connects directly to the front axles. Despite its tall hatchback design, the car’s under-floor mounting ot its battery pack creates a low center of gravity, which allows surprisingly stable handing during cornering. Bolt’s kammback/hatchback low-drag body design, combined with sweeping curves that lead to an abrupt back end create an excellent drag coefficient of Cd=0.308.
Chevy has provided the 2022 Bolt with a more upscale design in its cabin which uses better materials than before, revamped seats and more soft-touch surfaces. The steering wheel now comes with a flat-bottom. A newly-designed 8.0-inch fully digital gauge cluster faces the driver. The steering wheel’s electronic shifter has been replaced by a new set of pull toggles and push buttons. The updated Bolt EV still has the same second row space for passengers, as well as redesigned front seats which reviewers say are more comfortable in this model. The hatchback's rear cargo space still provides 17 cubic feet in back of the the rear seats and 57 cubic feet after setbacks are folded flat.
Bolt’s design updates include a new, more upright front fascia and new front and rear lighting signatures — including the signature high-eye daytime running lights in front.
Says Forbes.com reviewer Jason Fogelson: “Chevy has made a nice improvement in the overall look and feel of the interior. New textures and details have been added, like visible stitching on the layered dash, and a pattern on the dash inserts matching the triangular geometric pattern of the seat coverings. It’s a nice, comfortable cabin – not luxurious, but not stripped-down, either. The layout is clear, simple and uncomplicated, with a 10.2-inch diagonal color touchscreen at the top of the center stack for infotainment, and a logical array of buttons and controls below. A new electronic gear selector in the center console engages pull toggles and push buttons in a way that’s intuitive to understand and use. I felt comfortable with the operation right away.”
Standard Safety features on Bolt: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam.
All 2022 Bolts feature a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging are available. Complementing the touch controls are physical knobs for volume and tuning as well as a home screen shortcut button. Bolt’s infotainment system gets over-the-air updates and includes built-in apps compatible with Amazon Alexa and Spotify music streaming services. Additional available apps include Spotify and The Weather Channel.
With the Chevrolet EV Access package, customers can remotely view their current charging status and battery charge level, customize their charge settings and set up charge notifications via the myChevrolet Mobile App. The Energy feature within the myChevrolet Mobile App can help plan road trips by locating charging stations — including real-time availability — and start a charge session with participating charging networks.
Here’s a perk you weren’t expecting: Chevrolet says it will cover installation of Level 2 charging capability for eligible customers who lease or buy a 2022 Bolt EV or 2022 Bolt EUV. Chevrolet will cover the cost – up to $1,000 – to have a Merit electrician bring a charger to your home or business and install it. With a 240-Volt Level 2 charger Bolt gets fully recharged in about 7 hours.
Autoblog.com’s reviewer John Belts Snyder says: “If you're looking for a low-priced electric car, considering one of the Bolts is a must.”
Says Andrew McCredie, reviewer for driving.ca.com: “Longer range, a lower price tag and vastly improved front seats make this redesigned subcompact EV a world beater.”
WRITTEN AUGUST 2021
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