SUV lovers who have been looking for an affordable electric option can celebrate the arrival of the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. Though the name is similar to the now-familiar Bolt EV, this is a distinctly different vehicle. While there are shared features between the two electric vehicles, Chevy is giving a public hungry for its high-riding utility vehicles an electric SUV with its own identity. The new Bolt EUV comes loaded with technology and offers more features than you find in gas-powered vehicles. Such a feature-laden model is meant to encourage drivers to consider electric over gas because Chevy intends to help build a future of zero emissions.
Such a lofty goal can only be accomplished when buyers understand the benefits of electric vehicles, and the 2022 Bolt EUV has many features that will certainly delight those willing to test the waters of driving a vehicle they can simply plug in to recharge. That means no more trips to the gas station, no more fumes while you fill the tank, and no more noxious smoke coming out of the tailpipe. Chevy is striving to bring on a new era of driving free of gasoline. To make the change easier, Chevy offers several incentives, not the least of which is offering to pay for the installation of a home charger for buyers who qualify.
When you approach the 2022 Bolt EUV, you will notice a few shared design elements with the smaller hatchback Bolt EV, such as the sloped shape of the roof and the line leading from the headlights to the floating rear pillars. These mark the vehicles as siblings, but the Bolt EUV is unmistakably an SUV in its bolder height and shape. The exterior LED lights and the covered grille on the front end nod to the electric capability of the vehicle. Once you hop into the driver's seat, the Bolt EUV holds onto a classy SUV interior, but the future-forward design of the dash combined with the digital instrument cluster makes it clear this is no ordinary SUV.
Driving an electric vehicle like the Bolt EUV may surprise buyers new to the feel of having an electric engine under the hood. Most notably, it will be near-silent, even when you put your foot to the floor and go from zero to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. In the instrument cluster, you find a gauge to coach you on how to manage the engine's power efficiently, demonstrating how your driving habits affect the range of the vehicle. Braking is an aspect of electric driving that differs from gas vehicles the most in that the vehicle can decelerate using its electric motor to recapture energy without ever applying the actual brakes. There are also toggles on the steering wheel to further help with energy capture when utilizing the one-pedal driving feature.
When engaging one-pedal driving on the Bolt EUV, the vehicle can better capture and save energy for a longer driving range. To engage the system, simply press the button. When your foot presses the acceleration pedal, it tells the system to use the battery for power. Lifting your foot off the pedal will tell the system to decelerate and recapture the energy. To engage braking with a quicker stop time, the paddle on the steering wheel gives an extra assist. Conversely, you can have a little more spunk in your driving experience; sport mode adds more zest to the EUV's performance. Make the most of the fully programmable instrument cluster to display the settings that help you most while you drive, so you can see how each driving mode affects your battery charge.
Perhaps the most exciting feature is Super Cruise, which is available on the Premier trim and standard on the limited-production Launch Edition. Previously this feature was only available on Cadillacs, but with the 2022 Bolt EUV, Chevy drivers can now cruise on designated highways without having to touch the steering wheel. Super Cruise takes adaptive cruise control to the next level by steering the vehicle using sensors to remain within the lane and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Drivers will need to keep their eyes on the road ahead, but being able to rest your arms on a long drive will mean less fatigue when you arrive at your destination.
Even though the Bolt EUV is considered a compact model, the legroom for passengers in both the front and back seats is quite comfortable for even tall adults. Seats in the entry-level LT trim are high-quality cloth in dark gray, and the upper trims gain leather with stitching in the seats and dash. For upper trims, the option to add heated seats in front and back, plus ventilation in front, can make driving more comfortable in any weather. More space is present up front because the shift knob was replaced by buttons in the center console. A large 10.2-inch touchscreen sits atop the center stack, allowing the driver and front passenger to easily navigate through apps such as the standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as access the radio and other infotainment features.
Wireless charging is also standard on the 2022 Bolt EUV, which means there is no need for cords in the front seat, although there are charging ports for back seat passengers. Upper trims can opt for the available panoramic sunroof for a more open feel to the interior, while other features like the rearview camera mirror and HD surround vision are conveniences you expect on far more expensive vehicles. Driver-assisted safety features come standard on all trims. Chevy's Driver Assist suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam, and Front Pedestrian Braking for no additional charge.
Chevy wants to encourage buyers to choose electric vehicles, so the brand is offering a number of thoughtful incentives and features to make owning an electric vehicle easier. Along with covering the costs of installing a home charging station, Chevy makes it possible to charge anywhere with the new Dual Level Charge Cord. With this cord, a dedicated charging station isn't necessary to charge your Bolt EUV's battery, freeing owners to plug into any three-pronged household outlet.
As electric vehicles become more and more common, charging stations are popping up everywhere across the country. If you prefer to utilize a public charging station, you have the option of using a Level Three rapid-charge station that can fully charge your battery in a fraction of the time it takes to charge at the Level Two station you can install at home. An added incentive to purchase the Launch Edition is the trim's illuminated charge port, which makes it simple to find even in poorly-lit conditions.
Generally, buyers should expect to plug in their vehicle at home to charge overnight for a full charge, though most drivers are unlikely to deplete the entire 250-mile charge during daily driving. City drivers gain the most benefit of an electric vehicle with the recharging that happens during braking, so running errands around town will actually take less energy than driving on the highway.
When you do decide to take a long trip in your Bolt EUV, Chevy gives buyers access to an app that helps map out the most efficient route to make the most of your charge and helps you locate charging stations along the way. With over 80,000 charging stations across the country, you can drive anywhere you want to go, especially with the option to plug into any outlet using your dual-level charging port.