While the concept of electric vehicles (EVs) has been around for decades, it seems that with the power and proficiency of the 2021 Chevy Bolt and newly-announced 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, they’re finally getting the attention and accolades they deserve. Chevy has been investing in battery-operated concept cars since the mid-1960s, but it seems the American public has not quite been ready to go the distance on a non-gasoline, non-diesel automobile. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the EVs weren’t ready to go the distance the American public expected.
The idea of plugging in and recharging your car is still somewhat of a sticking point in the popularity of EVs. What happens if you forget to plug it in? What if you can’t find the right plug? What if you’re out in the middle of nowhere when the battery level drops to critical levels? With the 2022 Bolt EV, Chevy has taken those concerns to heart, and created a vehicle that uses its power well, tracks it very clearly, and is easier than ever to recharge. It looks like it is finally time for the American public to go fuel-free, and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV makes that easier than ever.
A long-time complaint of EVs has been their limited ranges, but it looks like technology is finally catching up to the demand for more capability. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV can get an estimated range of 259 miles with a full charge. Drivers will easily be able to complete the average daily commute, run errands, stop by a friend’s house, and return home without having to consider a low charge.
Furthermore, drivers of the 2022 Bolt EV have more control over their power usage than ever. Regen on Demand driving is easier than ever with the simple pull of an intuitively mounted paddle. One Pedal Driving may require a little practice, but driving while depressing and releasing on the accelerator pedal can help drivers save and regenerate a significant amount of battery energy.
To address concerns regarding losing power at inopportune times, Chevy has installed a Driver Information Center. The Driver Information Center tracking feature clearly displays energy usage and availability. It also notes any Regen efforts in real-time. This makes it easy to keep track of how much charge your vehicle has left, just like you would keep track of how much fuel is left.
For even more detailed information on energy usage and availability, drivers can download the Energy Assist app. This app connects to the vehicle in real-time to provide information like the most efficient route to the next destination and how factors such as temperature, terrain, and travel are currently impacting battery range. Chevy isn't just upping the game when it comes to driving range; it is making the whole EV experience exciting, easy, and efficient.
For those who are worried about how convenient recharging may be, Chevrolet is looking to make the 2022 Bolt a breeze to keep charged. Many people are familiar with the public charging stations for EVs, regardless of whether they have driven one themselves. These highly visible stations may be what comes to mind when considering an EV, but they aren’t the first line of charging. In fact, while DC Fast Charging stations can provide up to 100 miles of driving range in just 30 minutes of charge time to the 2022 Bolt EV, there are other, more economical ways in which to get the daily charge. In fact, it doesn’t have to be any more difficult than finding a standard household electric outlet.
The standard charging process requires a charge cord and a 110V household outlet. While this isn’t the fastest charging option, it certainly is the most convenient, allowing drivers to plug in their vehicle when they get home and unplug it in the morning when it’s time to go, much like a cell phone or laptop. This method of charging will only get you about 4 miles of range per hour of charging, so it is not the most efficient way to get charged for the road unless you are able to plug-in overnight. However, this method of charging is the most versatile as you will be able to find an outlet almost anywhere you go.
Level 2 charging requires 240 volts of power, and while special equipment is required, it can be easily installed in your home to allow for the convenience of faster charging while you wait. Chevrolet and installation partner Qmerit have announced that eligible customers will receive free equipment installation for Level 2 home charging upon purchase or lease of a 2022 Bolt EV. With this charging unit, you can get about 25 miles per hour of charging. Much better than using a standard outlet.
A Dual-Level Charge Cord is another available option for the 2022 Bolt. While additional details are coming soon, Chevy notes that this cord eliminates the need for multiple cords in various charging situations. This new accessory will be able to adapt to both standard household and Level 2 charging situations.
For those who do take advantage of the DC Fast Charge stations that can be found in various cities and towns around the country, charging is fast and easy. In fact, Chevy has attempted to take out all of the guesswork by including the locations of over 4,400 public charging stations on the Energy Assist app. By entering your current location, you’ll get directions to the nearest Fast Charge stop, as well as information about payment. In fact, some locations allow drivers to pay through the app. With DC Fast Charging, you can get up to 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes of charging, which is the best option if you need range fast or are traveling a long distance.
Unlike EVs of the past, the 2022 Bolt isn’t going for the New Age micro-car look. It stands 63.4 inches high and measures 163.2 inches in length and 69.5 inches in width. It’s a sleek four-door hatchback with a clean, sporty body style. Its economic size makes it ideal for driving through crowded city streets, while its aerodynamic design makes it a blast to take out on the open roads.
With the battery secured under the body of the vehicle, the 2022 Bolt doesn’t lose any interior space to battery bumps. All five passengers can enjoy plenty of leg and headroom, and the seats have been redesigned to allow for even more relaxation and comfort on longer trips. The trunk can accommodate 16.6 cubic feet of cargo with all seats occupied. Need a little more space? Drop the 60/40 split-fold rear seats, and gain up to 57.0 cubic feet of total cargo room.
The Bolt doesn’t lack in the modern comforts and conveniences department, either. The Chevy Safety Assist package comes standard on all 2022 Bolt EVs and includes a full range of driver assistance features to keep everyone on the road safe and sound. This includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, a Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist, and a Following Distance Indicator. Drivers can add on features like Adaptive Cruise Control and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Two trims have been announced for the 2022 model year: the 1LT and the 2LT. The interior has been completely refreshed to have a more contemporary design while increasing overall comfort. The dash incorporates the Driver Information Center tracking screens in a more organic manner, replacing the 8-inch digital display with a 10.2-inch version that operates like that of Chevy's non-EV vehicles. Real-time distance and range calculations appear just beyond the steering wheel, along with current speed and Regen notifications.
In addition to the helpful battery displays and gauges, the new Bolt EV will include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Wireless phone charging is optional. The 1LT includes an HD rear vision camera, while the 2LT upgrades that to HD Surround Vision, providing views of every angle. The 2LT will have leather-appointed upholstery with a power adjustable drivers’ seat, as well. Additional driver assistance features are also offered on the higher trim, including Rear Park Assist and the Lane Change Alert with Blind Zone Monitoring.