Under the hood of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a 200-hp electric motor that’s juiced by a 65.0-kWh battery pack said to deliver up to 250 miles of driving range per charge. When the Bolt EUV hits the market later this year, it will find stiff competition in the form of other EV SUVs including the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Tesla Model Y.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV’s come with the same powertrain: a 200-hp electric motor and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive isn’t an option. Acceleration should be perky thanks to the instantaneous power delivery that’s inherent to electric motors. Regenerative braking allows for one-pedal driving while recapturing energy to help extend the Bolt EUV’s range.
The electric motor gives the Bolt EUV perky acceleration and while it may not be the quickest electric SUV available, we estimate that it will make it to 60 mph in a respectable 7.0 seconds. Handling is competent if not particularly thrilling and ride comfort is agreeable, even over broken pavement.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
All Bolt EUVs come with a 65.0-kWh battery pack, which Chevrolet estimates will deliver a 250-mile driving range on a full charge. That number is competitive with most other electric SUVs, although the Tesla Model Y comes with a larger battery pack that offers an estimated 326-mile range.
The Bolt EUV can be charged on a standard 120-volt household outlet, but buyers will want to consider a 240-volt connection for quicker at-home juice-ups. The SUV is also capable of DC fast charging, which Chevy says can provide up to 95 miles of range in just 30 minutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy figures for the Bolt EUV yet and we haven’t had a chance to test the new SUV on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route.
When we get the Bolt EUV to our office for testing, we’ll update this story with more details. For more information about the Bolt EUV’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Bolt EUV’s cabin appears stylish and nicely trimmed. A flat-bottom steering wheel and a push-button gear selector are standard on all models, and the seat upholstery sports a cheeky geometric pattern.
The Bolt EUV is longer, wider, and taller than the regular Bolt hatchback, and its rear seat is the benefactor of that extra space, with rear-seat legroom growing by more than three inches. Despite the extra length, the EUV offers slightly less cargo space, but we expect most drivers will still find enough room for luggage, groceries, and other freight.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Chevrolet provides standard coverage limits for the Bolt’s electric powertrain components. It also includes the first maintenance visit, but overall coverage doesn’t come close to that of Hyundai.