Nothing has really changed powertrain-wise, but the new Bolt EV and EUV certainly look serious

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This is the new and improved 2022 Chevrolet Bolt hatchback, and this is its slightly bigger, more crossover-looking brother, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. They’re both all-electric vehicles with a range of at least 250 miles on a single charge, and they cost from $32,000. In other words, less than the outgoing Bolt, but with more standard kit. So, let’s see what’s what with these electric cars that are meant to get the masses rolling on electrons.

The refreshed Bolt gets a new face that’s more serious looking than the model it replaces, and features new headlights, new bumpers, and new taillights, among other things. The biggest changes, however, are found in the interior.

Here, Chevrolet has tried to address the shortcomings of the previous model, so it gave the 2022 Bolt a new steering wheel, higher quality switchgear, a floating center console with a push-button shifter, new seats, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and an upgraded 10.2-inch infotainment system. The center screen now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and in-vehicle apps, with Spotify, Alexa and The Weather Channel among them.

Quick Facts About the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Exterior
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Alongside the refreshed Bolt, Chevy has announced a slightly bigger version, called Bolt EUV, which looks sort-of like a crossover, but really isn’t. It’s 6.3 inches longer than the Bolt and offers more rear legroom, but cargo volume is surprisingly smaller, measuring in at 16.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, whereas the Bolt offers 16.6 cubic feet.

The Bolt EUV is priced from $34,000, $2,000 more than the Bolt, and for the extra cash you get extra equipment inside, like a standard wireless smartphone charger and available panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. But the biggest upgrade that you can get on the Bolt EUV is GM’s Super-Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, which makes its appearance for the first time ever in a Chevrolet-branded vehicle.

Quick Facts About the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Exterior
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When it comes to safety, both cars come as standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. They’re joined by optional features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an HD Surround Vision system.

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for - the batteries and range. Both models have the same powetrain, which consists of a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers an electric motor. That electric motor develops 150 kW and 266 pounds-feet of torque, which are sent to the front wheels. The Bolt has an estimated range of 259 miles or 416 kilometers, while the Bolt EUV can travel a maximum of 250 miles or 402 kilometers on a full charge. Both electric vehicles feature 11 kW DC fast charging capability, which enables the Bolt to get up to 100 miles of range in 30 minutes, while the Bolt EUV can get up to 95 miles of range in the same amount of time.

Quick Facts About the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Exterior
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Charging the cars at home from a 240-volt connection can top up the battery in about seven hours, while a 120-volt outlet can offer about 4 miles of range per hour. Chevy is offering a dual level charge cord as standard for the Bolt EUV, which enables owners to easily swap plugs and charge the vehicle from either a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. For Bolt owners, the cord will be optional.

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV will be available this summer, with a starting price of $32,000 for the Bolt, and $34,000 for the Bolt EUV. This makes the new Bolt $5,500 cheaper than last year’s model, which is a big cut. Chevy will also offer a Bolt EUV Launch edition that features special badging, unique wheels and a panoramic sunroof, as well as an illuminated charging port and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. The Bolt EUV Launch Edition will start at $43,500.

Quick Facts About the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Exterior
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All in all, I think these two new electric cars from Chevy are pretty good-looking, and have nice tech included, not to mention decent range for something that will most probably be used predominantly inside cities. But what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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