5 Ways the New 2024 Chevy Equinox EV Is a Better Choice Than the Bolt EUV
When the 2024 model year opens, Chevy will have two electric SUVs in the compact class. These two are the Chevy Equinox EV and Bolt EUV. As we’ve seen from some other automakers, one of these two electric vehicles is a little larger and more feature-filled than the other. Here are some ways the Equinox is the better choice among the Chevy electric SUVs.
1. Does the Chevy Equinox EV offer more power and range than the Bolt EUV?
The starting point for the electric Equinox offers 210 horsepower, 242 lb-ft of torque, and around 250 miles of driving range. If you look at the Bolt EUV, you’ll find 200 horsepower and a maximum driving range of 247 miles.
Unlike the Bolt EUV, the Chevy Equinox EV offers an upgraded system to deliver 290 horsepower, 346 lb-ft of torque, and up to 300 miles of driving range.
2. Which of these two Chevy electric SUVs uses the Ultium battery pack?
The smaller Bolt EUV uses the same battery pack as its namesake, the Bolt EV. This electric powertrain was around before GM developed the Ultium batteries. This means the Equinox EV will be the compact SUV using the latest battery tech from GM. It’s possible a future generation of the Bolt EUV might use the upgraded battery tech, but that won’t be for several years.
3. Does the Chevy Equinox EV offer an AWD option?
Yes, the Equinox EV has an AWD option when choosing the more powerful version of this electric SUV. Unfortunately, Bolt EUV drivers don’t have this option in any version.
4. Which electric Chevy SUV charges faster?
The Chevy Bolt EUV charges at a DC fast charger at a rate that adds 95 miles of driving range in only 30 minutes. Comparatively, the Equinox EV can add 70 miles of driving range in less than 10 minutes, making the Equinox the faster-charging electric vehicle.
When plugged into an at-home 240-volt charging station, the Chevy Equinox EV adds 34 miles of distance for every hour plugged into the charger. The Bolt EUV takes 10 hours to fully charge, which means it charges at a rate of 25 miles per hour.
5. Does the Chevy Equinox EV offer more space than the Bolt EUV?
Yes, but we don’t have the specific size numbers yet. The Equinox EV is longer and wider than the gas-powered version while offering a lower roofline. The Chevy Bolt EUV is only six inches longer than the hatchback Bolt EV, which is much smaller than the Equinox crossover. This means you’ll find much more comfort in the Equinox electric SUV than in the Bolt EUV.
Which electric SUV is more affordable?
As you would anticipate, the latest version of the Chevy Bolt EUV is more affordable than the upcoming 2024 Chevy Equinox EV. If GM can toe the line on pricing, the Equinox EV should cost around $30,000 at its base level, while the base Bolt EUV costs $26,595.
Yes, the Bolt is more affordable, but the Equinox is more comfortable and practical for a growing family, making it an affordable option as well.
Will the Chevy Equinox EV replace the Bolt EUV?
The team at GM Authority posed this question, although they don’t have an answer yet. The upgraded Ultium battery pack and ongoing recalls for the Bolt battery packs might be enough to make most consumers choose the Equinox over the Bolt. If Bolt EV and EUV sales slump when the Equinox EV arrives, we might see GM delete the smaller pair quickly.
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