What EV buyers need and nothing more

The electric Chevrolet Bolt and the slightly larger Bolt EUV have had a tumultuous few years as of November 2020. He experienced his first recall, instructing owners to only charge their vehicles to 90 percent because of the risk of fire.

In April 2021, GM issued a product safety recall bulletin advising drivers to take their Bolts to an EV-certified dealer after May 5 for a software update. After the battery diagnostics were run, drivers were advised they could safely recharge 100 percent.

In July, following more battery fires, owners were told to park outside until further notice and limit charging back to 90 percent. That same month, NHTSA announced that dealers will replace the modules on all 2017-2019 Bolts with batteries manufactured at LC Chem’s facility in Korea. GM then announced a full recall to replace all battery packs, eventually giving drivers 13 percent more range.

But that’s all in the past, as is GM’s EV tax credit, which cuts the cost of a Bolt by as much as $7,500. For 2023, Chevy announced a $5,900 deduction from the Bolt’s price to make up some of that lost credit. The 2023 Bolt EUV is $28,195 and the upgraded Premier model now starts at $32,695.

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier

Premier trim adds luxury features like heated and ventilated front seats, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The Sun and Sound Package adds navigation, a sunroof, and an upgraded audio system for $2,500. Super Cruise hands-free upward facing driving is available now for an additional $2,200.

Even the larger 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover is small for a family of four. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but with two child seats in the back row, the front passenger might have to move up a bit. The seats install easily with accessible LATCH connectors on the outboard rear seats. Materials are plain but simple and clean, and there’s plenty of storage space in the door and center console.

The 2022 Bolt EUV comes equipped with an 8-inch driver information cluster and a 10.2-inch touchscreen with available wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Volume and tuning controls make adjustments easier while driving. The climate control system also features physical toggle switches. Wireless charging is optional, but both USB-C and USB-A ports are standard.

On the road, drivers will see why electric vehicles are so much fun. The Bolt has a single engine with 200 hp. It has a range of 247 miles on a full charge and can regain 95 miles of range in 30 minutes with a DC fast charger. That’s a bit slower than many modern electric vehicles, but the range could last weeks, especially if the owner works from home.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Chevrolet Bolt EUV drivers can drive hands-free on more than 400,000 miles of US and Canadian roads.
General Motors

Electric vehicles also drive better than most of their gas-powered counterparts. The batteries are in the floor, which makes the center of gravity very low. That means this simple and inexpensive little crossover drives like a fast Volkswagen hatchback.

The hands-free Super Cruise assisted driving system is excellent, the best system currently on the road. It worked with the vehicle almost flawlessly for over a week, navigating the freeway and dual carriageways with ease. Even when the system isn’t on, it’s still watching. A car crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic, the Bolt automatically applied the brakes and moved to the shoulder to clear.

Chevy Safety Assist comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping, Lane Departure, Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Warning, and Auto High Beam. Adaptive cruise control is standard on Premier trim.

The 2022 Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV compete with the cheaper electric vehicles on the market. The Nissan Leaf starts at $28,040 before the EV tax credits and has a range of 212 miles, which Nissan is still entitled to. However, due to rule changes in the Inflation Reduction Act, these credits will be adjusted based on where the vehicle and battery were manufactured.

The Hyundai Kona Electric starts a little higher at $34,000 and has a range of 258 miles. The 2022 Mazda MX-30 only has a 100-mile range and is smaller than the Bolt EUV. The Mini Cooper SE is the funnest of the bunch, but it’s also very small.

Overall, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is hard to beat for its combination of range, engineering, firm handling and cargo space. However, for those looking to spend a little more, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are all faster

https://www.newsweek.com/2022-chevrolet-bolt-euv-review-what-ev-buyers-need-nothing-more-1753918 What EV buyers need and nothing more

Rick Schindler

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