2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV: More electric cars to love

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The updated 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover are the next steps in General Motors' plan to dominate the electric-car market.
As the first mass-produced electric car with more than 200 miles of range and a price below $40,000, the first-generation Chevrolet Bolt EV was a giant leap toward a zero-emission future. Chevy can't rest on its laurels, though. With rivals launching their own mass-market electric cars—encouraged by stricter global emissions standards—the Bolt EV was in need of an update.

General Motors didn't just update the Bolt EV, though, it added a new SUV-like variant alongside the existing hatchback. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will go on sale alongside the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV this summer. The Bolt EUV is also the first non-Cadillac model to get GM's Super Cruise driver-assist tech, while the Bolt EV gets a restyling inside and out.

Design

Car shoppers are going crazy for crossovers, and the Bolt EUV is designed to tap into that market. However, like other recent EV crossovers—such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4—the Bolt EUV still looks a lot like a traditional car.

The Bolt EUV's proportions aren't dramatically different from the standard Bolt EV hatchback. It's 6.3 inches longer, with a 2.9-inch longer wheelbase (adding 3.0 inches of legroom, according to Chevy), but only two-tenths of an inch taller. A tall ride height is usually a key differentiator between a crossover and a regular car, but the Bolt EUV has the same ride height as the Bolt EV.

Both variants get the same front-end styling, which drops the cutesy look of the previous Bolt EV for a more aggressive appearance, with thinner headlights and a more upright profile. Electric cars don't need radiator grilles like gasoline cars, but Chevy outlined the space anyway because, it seems, old habits die hard. The indents on either side (which house additional lighting elements) are harder to explain. They look awkward, and break up an otherwise clean design.

The two models get the same interior, with design highlights including a flat-bottom steering wheel and a new gear shifter…
Stephen Edelstein
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