2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV's Range Takes a Hit Compared to Regular Bolt EV
When Chevrolet unveiled the 2022 Bolt EUV, the automaker claimed the electric crossover would be able to travel roughly 250 miles on a single charge. That estimate sounded realistic, since the powertrain, which was borrowed from the outgoing Bolt, was rated at 259 miles. The EPA got its hands on the 2022 Bolt EUV and gave the crossover an official rating of up to 247 miles on a single charge. That figure's pretty close to Chevrolet's estimate, but it's off of the regular 2022 Bolt.
Bolt EUV Is 12 Miles Down
The regular 2022 Bolt continues to have a range of up to 259 miles. That's not surprising, since the new Bolt uses the same battery pack and electric motor as the previous one. What is surprising, is that the larger, heavier Bolt EUV loses 12 miles of range compared to the regular Bolt. That's the price that consumers will have to pay to sit higher up and get more cargo capacity over the smaller, hatchback model.
Compared to the regular Bolt, the Bolt EUV is roughly six inches longer and weighs 100 pounds more. That might not sound like a huge difference, but it's more work for the 65-kWh battery pack to do. We would've thought that Chevrolet would've tuned the Bolt and Bolt EUV separately to get similar ranges out of the vehicles, but a decrease of 12 miles won't be enough push consumers away.
Both the Bolt and Bolt EUV come with a single electric motor that puts out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Unlike some of the competitors, both EVs are front-wheel-drive only. We think that's an oversight for the EUV, which is being touted as an electric SUV. One interesting distinction between the two EVs is that the Bolt EUV will be offered with GM's hands-free Super Cruise system as a $2,200 option on the range-topping Premier trim, while it won't be offered on the regular Bolt. That could change for future model years, but that's the situation at the moment.
Pricing for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $33,995 with destination, while the Bolt is priced at $31,995. Consumers are going to have an interesting choice to make. By going with the smaller, more affordable Bolt, they're getting a vehicle that costs less, but comes with more range. On the flip side, the Bolt EUV has an SUV body, more interior space, and can be equipped with Super Cruise, but is pricier. With SUVs being popular options, we have a feeling the Bolt EUV will be the more popular option of the two. The EVs are expected to arrive at showrooms before the end of summer.
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