If you’re looking for a new electric utility vehicle (EUV), you might be considering a 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. Given that charging infrastructure remains sporadic, it’s always important to understand the range of any potential EV upfront. The Chevy Bolt EUV advertises a range of 250 miles — impressive for its class. However, according to one publication, it falls just a bit short of that claim.
Overview of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV
On its own merits, the Chevy Bolt EUV is impressive. Starting at an affordable $32,000, the 2022 model looks different from prior model years. The exterior wears cutting-edge-looking sheet metal that’s attractive and exciting.
Together, the 65-kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor provide 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, allowing the front-wheel-drive Bolt to hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. It also comes with a one-pedal option that brakes when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator.
Chevrolet has also enhanced the cabin’s styling, with dark trim, redesigned seats, and cross-stitched upholstery. Occupants can enjoy a 10.2-inch touchscreen and an 8.0-inch digital display cluster. And drivers can take advantage of advanced safety features such as lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. For additional safety features, buyers can purchase upgraded trims and packages with items like adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera system.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV also stands apart from its hatchback sibling, the Bolt, thanks to roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, and semiautonomous driving technology. The EUV also boasts extra rear legroom to complement its generous cabin space. Plus, it comes standard with a dual-level charge cord (optional on the Bolt EV), eliminating the need to purchase a home charger. The plug connects to a standard 120-volt outlet.
Furthermore, Chevrolet will cover installation costs for Level 2 charging for 2022 Bolt EUV buyers or lessees.
Where the Chevy Bolt EUV falls short
When Chevrolet launched the 2022 Bolt EUV, it said it believed the vehicle could travel 250 miles on a single charge, MotorTrend reported. Because the 2021 and 2022 Bolt EV’s range is 259 miles, the 2022 EUV estimate seemed reasonable.
However, the EPA rated the Bolt EUV for 247 miles per charge — three miles short of Chevy’s launch estimate. So not only does the Bolt EUV miss its internal estimate, but it also trails rivals like the 2021 Hyundai Kona EV, which offers similar features and 259 miles per charge.
Still, the EUV’s range surpasses competitors like the 2021 Kia Niro, which needs a recharge after 239 miles. Further, the Bolt EUV costs $5,500 less than the 2021 model, making it an affordable and attractive pick.
Buying this exciting new EV
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is expected to come in two trims: 1LT and 2LT. As of this writing, Chevrolet has not yet released the exact differences between the trim levels. However, if each trim’s distinguishing features are like those of the 2021 model, the 2LT might come with automatic climate control, remote start, push-button start, and wireless charging options for a starting price of $35,195.
It’s also notable to consider that Bolt warranty coverage is fairly middle-of-the-road and not nearly as generous as warranty packages from manufacturers such as Hyundai. The Bolt’s standard warranty covers 36,000 miles or three years. Also, expect a 100,000 mile/eight-year powertrain warranty and one scheduled complimentary maintenance visit. Prospective buyers of any EV should look carefully at the powertrain warranty coverage given the specialized nature of these vehicles.
But with a starting price of around $32,000, the 2022 Bolt EUV is shaping up to be an attractive option for prospective buyers, even if its driving range falls a little short of expectations.