EV Test-Driving: 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV

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Seth Leitman
Two Chevy Volt EV vehicles.

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As we move toward a zero-emissions future, Chevrolet is sprucing things up in the electric car department. Without a doubt, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is an upgrade from the original Bolt. It’s still compact and affordable — starting at $33,000 and giving qualifying buyers (depending on the state they live in) cost incentives along with an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty.

It’s also Chevy’s first vehicle to offer a Super Cruise driver-assistance feature for 200,000 compatible roads. As for the electric drive unit, we’re talking 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) of motoring power, 266 pound-feet (360 N-m) of motoring torque, and 0 to 601 in 6.5 seconds.

Of course, a lithium-ion battery and a rechargeable energy storage system include a liquid thermal-management system with automatic activation. Drive and (L) modes use regenerative braking to capture otherwise lost energy when the vehicle is coasting or decelerating. This is possible without even using the brake pedal, and it then sends that energy to the battery pack.

Favorite Features on the Chevy Bolt EUV

The HD surround vision uses multiple cameras to display a digital overhead image of the area around your vehicle along with a rear vision camera or front views. This feature works at low speeds and may help you park and avoid nearby objects.

Automatic emergency braking. This works with forward collision alert to help you avoid or reduce the severity of a front-end collision with a detected vehicle you’re following. This feature works at speeds below 50 mile per hour.

Dual-level charge cord. All which, for many customers, will eliminate the need to purchase a separate charger for their home. It has a changeable plug that allows the customer to plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts.

Lighting. It also features a distinctive front-end with a sculpted grille and signature lighting, including standard LED headlamps and Chevy’s brand-specific, high-eye daytime running lamps, which double as sequential turn-signal indicators.

Interior design. Both versions of the Bolt feature new instrument panels, vehicle controls and seats, with a 10.2-inch-diagonal infotainment color touchscreen and integrated climate controls for clean, intuitive interfaces. The infotainment screen features real-time displays with more details available on the 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable color gauge cluster.

The Bolt EV has led the charge in putting more drivers in electric vehicles. Since its market introduction in 2017, global sales have topped 100,000. It has also generated some of the best satisfaction and loyalty ratings in the industry.

Read an expanded version of this test drive review–including more photos–at Seth’s page, Green Living Guy.Seth LeitmanThe Green Living Guy, is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an author, radio host, reporter, writer and an environmental consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides, and more. Find Seth on his website, and read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

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