2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review: Electric; useful; vanilla | Expert review

One of the most amazing things about Bolt EUV interior design is how it is done unnoticeable that it. The gear selector sounds a little weird, but other than that, there’s little immediate evidence that you’ve got an EV. Most electric vehicles really lean towards the futuristic nature of the part or the fact that electric vehicle engineering could allow for a less traditional interior. In the Bolt EUV, though, you can have a cabin that feels right at home in the Trax’s compact SUV.

Two notable features are the digital displays of the instrument panel and the touch screen. For the dashboard, you get a configurable layout that can include a variety of information; I preferred a configuration that included a graph with an expected range, as well as default maximum and minimum ranges (best and worst case scenarios). The 10.2 inch touch screen is also easy to use and seems quite large for a car of this size. It offers wireless standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with crisp, clear graphics and EV-specific information on charging and efficiency. Also impressive is the sheer number of physical controls: Chevrolet opted for traditional and functional options here, as opposed to some competitors’ over-reliance on things like touch-sensitive panels and touch controls.

Aside from the displays, the Bolt EUV material quality felt comparable to vehicles priced around $30,000—frustrating given that the vehicle I drove had a sticker price of $43,190 (including destination fees). The interior was squeaky, which would have made more sense (though still not welcome) in a much older car. This may not apply to every Bolt EUV, though; Give the inner panels a go when testing one you might buy.

One area where the Bolt EUV excels over the Bolt EV is comfort in the rear seat, where its extra length translates into additional legroom in the rear seat. For such a small car, the back seat is a comfortable place even on long trips. There are two complaints, however: The window design makes the rear seat feel more closed, and the headrests obstruct rear view even when folded down.

Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV has a few less Cargo space is behind the back seat compared to its hatchback siblings, but it’s large enough in the back to hold several pieces of luggage or a large grocery store. In our tests, we measured cargo space at 13.3 cubic feet, roughly in line with many small compact vehicles and even some compact SUVs.

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Like the driving experience, the Bolt EUV’s charging experience is mostly positive, with some good and some less so. Let’s start with the good: The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV both come with standard DC fast charging, and both come with a charging cord that can be used for Level 1 or Level 2 charging. This means that if you have a 240V outlet available, you can charge the Bolt EUV at Level 2 without devices additional. If you are no When charging a Tier 2 at home, Chevrolet will help cover the cost of installing it—up to $1,000 in port and circuit installation and up to $250 in permit fees.

On 120-volt level 1 charging, Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV can add 4 miles of range per hour of charging at 12 amps (not the lower 8 amp setting the car defaults to for use on common circuits). This likely won’t be beneficial for owners who drive more than a few miles each day, which is why we recommend electric vehicle owners charge Level 2 at home. Using the 240-volt outlet and the included charging cord (running at 32 amps at this voltage), Chevy says the Bolt EUV adds 25 miles of range per hour.

For 2022, Chevrolet has introduced an onboard Bolt EUV charger – a component that could be a bottleneck – from 7.2 to 11.5 kilowatts. This means the car can now charge at a faster rate than you can achieve with a 32-amp cord, up to a 48-amp max with a level 2 home charger. This setup requires a 60-amp circuit and wired installation, but can add 37 miles of range every hour, says Chevy. . One of our editors charged with a 48-amp level 2 charger and only saw about 30 miles of added range per hour, but that was in cooler temperatures and included the period when the battery was near full charge when slow charging.

The bad news is that the Bolt EUV’s DC fast charging capabilities could lag behind its competitors. The charging rate will depend on the charging station, temperature, battery temperature and more, but Bolt EUV DC charging is limited to 55 kW – significantly lower than newer electric vehicles. Chevrolet says DC fast charging can add up to 95 miles of range to a Bolt EUV in 30 minutes, while other EVs have a better ability to charge from 10% to 80% in that time or less. My experience with a DC fast charger turned the Bolt EUV from 25% to 82% in just under an hour.

On the road trip above, I tried relying on Level 1 charging to give me enough range to get home. This was a mistake that was amplified by another mistake I made in not switching the 120 volt charging from the default 8 amp setting to the max 12 amp setting. When I delivered on Saturday afternoon, the dashboard said the car would be fully charged on Tuesday afternoon. This will not cut it. (This is one of the reasons we recommend owners get Level 2 home charging.)

My backup plan was to add enough range to get it into a generic level 2 charger away on my way home, wait there long enough to add enough range to hook me up to a DC fast charger, and then go home. What could have been a 2.5 hour trip turned into a seven hour adventure. I even drove a Prius down a two-lane highway as a kid in the Bolt EUV range so I could get to my first charger. A fast-charging electric car can shave at least some of that time, and adequate home charging will make “filling up” along the way unnecessary.

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Is Bolt EUV worth it?

With a starting price of $34,000—and a loaded model like the Bolt EUV Premier, we tested at $43,000—the Bolt EUV is one of the most affordable electric vehicles available. However, these prices aren’t exactly cheap, even before any potential “market adjustments” are taken into account. And in bad news for customers, the Bolt EUV – like all GM EVs – is no longer eligible for any federal tax credit for electric vehicles. Although this credit isn’t an immediate $7,500 discount on eligible electric vehicles, it does make it more affordable for everyone in the long run.

Another factor to consider is that Chevrolet is transitioning from the Bolt family of electric vehicles to the new Ultium platform, which debuted in the Chevrolet 2024 Silverado EV pickup. The platform will also support Equinox and Blazer EVs, and potentially spell the end of screws, which could lower acquisition prices and negatively impact resale value and repairability. Persistent concerns about a fire problem may have a similar effect.

So, is the Bolt EUV worth it? It’s not a great choice for a basic car, but the entry cost is relatively low and it’s an easy-to-understand electric vehicle that will cover your basic needs. Also, Chevy’s help with the cost of installing tier 2 home charging seems like a more beneficial incentive than other automakers’ free charging offerings. It’s definitely worth looking at as a second passenger-focused vehicle. If you’re looking to make an electric car out of your base car, a more modern car might be a better option.

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