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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Review: Electric; usable; Vanilla | Expert review

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One of the most remarkable things about the Bolt EUV’s interior is how: discrete it is. The gearshift lever looks a bit odd, but otherwise there’s little direct evidence that you’ve ended up in an EV. Most EVs really lean towards the futuristic nature of the segment or the fact that the architecture of an EV allows for a less traditional interior layout. In the Bolt EUV, however, you get an interior that would feel right at home in a Trax subcompact SUV.

Two highlights are the digital displays for the instrument panel and the touchscreen. For the instrument panel, you get a configurable layout that can hold a variety of information; I preferred a configuration with a predicted range chart, as well as hypothetical maximum and minimum ranges (best and worst case scenarios). The 10.2-inch touchscreen is also easy to use and looks quite large for a vehicle of this size. It offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, with clear, sharp graphics and EV-specific information related to charging and efficiency. Also impressive is the sheer number of physical controls: Chevrolet opted for traditional and functional here, as opposed to some competitors’ over-reliance on things like touch-sensitive panels and touchscreen-based controls.

Displays aside, the material quality of the Bolt EUV felt comparable to vehicles priced around $30,000 – frustrating considering the one I drove had a sticker price of $43,190 (including destination surcharge). The interior even creaked, which would have been more reasonable (though still undesirable) in a much older car. That may not be true for every Bolt EUV; give the inner panels a nudge when testing one you could buy.

One area where the Bolt EUV outshines the Bolt EV is in rear seat comfort, where the extra length translates into extra legroom in the back seat. For such a small vehicle, the back seat is actually a comfortable place to be, even on longer journeys. Two complaints though: the design of the window makes the rear seats feel more enclosed and the headrests obstruct the view to the rear, even when folded down.

Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV has something less cargo space behind the back seat than its hatchback sibling, but behind it it’s big enough to hold several pieces of luggage or a large grocery store. In our testing, we measured cargo space at 13.3 cubic feet, roughly in line with many sub-compact and even some compact SUVs.

Charging the Bolt EUV

Like its driving experience, the Bolt EUV’s charging experience is mostly positive, with some good and some not so good. Let’s start with the good: Both the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV come with standard DC fast charging, and both come with a charging cord that can be used for Level 1 or Level 2 charging. volt outlet, you can charge your Bolt EUV at level 2 without additional hardware. like you do not Level 2 charging at home helps Chevrolet cover installation costs — up to $1,000 for the outlet and circuit installation and up to $250 for permit fees.

At 120-volt Level 1 charging, Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV can add 4 miles of range for every hour of charging at 12 amps (not the lower 8-amp setting the car defaults to for use on shared circuits). That probably isn’t convenient for owners who drive more than a few miles a day. That’s why we recommend EV owners to charge at level 2 at home. Using a 240-volt outlet and the included charging cord (operating at 32 amps at this voltage), Chevy says the Bolt EUV adds a range of 25 miles per hour.

For 2022, Chevrolet increased the Bolt EUV’s onboard charger — a component that can be a bottleneck — from 7.2 to 11.5 kilowatts. This means that the car can now charge even faster than with the supplied 32 amp cable, and up to a 48 amp Level 2 home charger. This setup requires a 60-amp circuit and wired installation, but it can add 60 miles of range every hour, Chevy says. One of our editors charged with a 48-amp Level 2 charger and saw that it only added about 30 miles of range per hour, but that was at lower temperatures and included the period when the battery was nearly fully charged when charging went slower.

The bad news is that the Bolt EUV’s DC fast charging capabilities may lag behind its competitors. Your charging speed will depend on the charging station, temperature, battery temperature and more, but the Bolt EUV’s DC charging is limited to 55 kW – well below the newer EVs. Chevrolet says DC fast charging can add up to 95 miles of range to the Bolt EUV in 30 minutes, while other EVs can charge from 10% to 80% in that time or less at best. My experience with a DC fast charger took the Bolt EUV from 25% charge to 82% in just under an hour.

During the aforementioned road trip, I tried relying on level 1 charging to give me enough range to get home. That was a mistake compounded by another mistake I made in not switching the 120-volt charge from the default 8-amp Reduced setting to the 12-amp Maximum setting. When I plugged in the plug on a Saturday afternoon, the instrument panel said the car would be fully charged by Tuesday afternoon. That’s not going to work. (This is one of the reasons we recommend owners charge at level 2 at home.)

My backup plan was to add enough range to get to a level 2 public charger just off my route home, wait there long enough to add enough range to get me to a DC fast charger, and then go home. What was supposed to be a 2.5 hour journey turned into a seven hour adventure. I was even passed by a Prius on a two-lane highway while adjusting the range of the Bolt EUV so I could get the first charger. A faster-charging EV could have saved at least some of that time, and adequate charging at home would have made ‘refueling’ on the road unnecessary.

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Is the Bolt EUV worth it?

Starting at just over $34,000 — and a loaded model like the Bolt EUV Premier we tested at $43,000 — the Bolt EUV is one of the more affordable EVs available. Still, those prices aren’t exactly cheap, even without taking into account possible ‘market adjustments’. And in bad news for customers, the Bolt EUV — like all GM EVs — is no longer eligible for federal EV tax credits. While that credit isn’t an instant $7,500 discount on eligible EVs, it does make them more affordable in the long run.

Another factor to consider is that Chevrolet is moving from the Bolt family of EVs to its new Ultium platform, which made its Chevy debut in the 2024 Silverado EV pickup. The platform will also support the Equinox and Blazer EVs. support, which likely spells the end of the Bolts, which could potentially lower purchase prices and negatively impact their resale value and repairability. Ongoing concerns about the fire problem could have a similar impact.

So, is the Bolt EUV worth it? It’s not a good choice for a primary car, but the cost of entry is relatively low and it’s an easy-to-understand EV that covers your basic needs. Also, Chevy’s help with the cost of a level 2 home charging facility seems like a more useful incentive than other automakers’ free charging offers. It is certainly worth considering as a second commuter oriented vehicle. However, if you want to make an electric car your primary vehicle, a more modern car may be a better choice.

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