2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV Are Best for Commuters, but Buyer Beware

The Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are two of the best electric vehicles. Both are inexpensive EVs that most families can afford. In addition, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are great for commuters. However, there are some things shoppers should be aware of before buying either of these models.

Overviews of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV

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The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV compact car starts at about $32,500, while its crossover sibling, the Bolt EUV, starts at about $34,500. That’s the pricing before tax credits, and Chevrolet vehicles might be eligible for tax credits again in the future. Both Bolt models have a single electric motor making 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. They can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.0 seconds.

The Bolt gets a range of about 259 miles, but the Bolt EUV, being larger, gets about 247 miles. Both can use Level 2 charging, which can top off their charge quickly.

In terms of tech, both Bolt models come with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display and a few standard advanced safety features. 

The main difference between the two models is size. But despite its smaller dimensions, the Bolt hatchback provides a generous 57 cubic feet of cargo capacity with its rear seats folded down. That’s the same amount of space in the Bolt EUV. The main size difference between the two is in their back seats: The Bolt EUV offers slightly more legroom.

Why these EVs are great for commuting

Because of their compact size and fuel efficiency, the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are great options for commuters. Though many drivers have range anxiety, commuters generally don’t need that much range in an EV. So the Bolt’s range is more than enough for most commuters, Cars.com reports. On top of that, the vehicles’ small size helps them navigate congested city streets and park easily.

In addition, the Bolt has plenty of space for groceries and gear. On top of that, the EV and EUV boast comfortable interiors with useful features, making daily commutes more bearable. Furthermore, owners can equip their Bolt with advanced features that make stop-and-go traffic less annoying.

Last, the Bolt is efficient. According to Cars.com, “the EPA-estimated 120 mpg-equivalent rating, which is on the high end, represents relatively low driving costs per mile.” 

However, the Bolt also has some drawbacks.

Chevy Bolt problems you should know about

One of the main issues the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV face is their reputation. Last year, Chevrolet shut down Bolt production after issuing a massive recall that affected every Bolt the automaker ever produced. The recall addressed issues with Bolt batteries catching fire. Although Chevy claims it has fixed the problem, the incident is still fresh in consumers’ minds.

Other than the massive recall, the Bolt isn’t flawless in other ways. Though its range might be enough for most commuters, Chevrolet doesn’t offer options that would allow drivers to expand the range. Additionally, the automaker doesn’t offer all-wheel drive on either Bolt version, which could be a dealbreaker for some buyers.

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