More details on the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV electric crossover are coming to light after the automaker’s EV Day press event in Michigan this week.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will use the same 66 kWh battery pack and BEV2 platform as the current Bolt EV, as Electrek first reported. This means it won’t utilize GM’s new proprietary Ultium battery technology, nor its new BEV3 platform. The Bolt EUV will essentially be a longer, more upright version of the Chevrolet Bolt with a bit more room for passengers and cargo. In total, it will be about three-inches longer than the current Bolt EV, gaining extra second-row legroom and some trunk space. Electrek also reports the Bolt EUV’s range will be shorter than the current Bolt EV’s, as it will be a little bit heavier. The 2020 Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated range of 259 miles.
Surprisingly, the Bolt EUV will not be available with all-wheel-drive. The vehicle will ride on GM’s BEV2 platform, which is also used in the front-wheel-drive only Bolt EV, however its BEV3-based EVs will be offered with rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive in addition to front-wheel-drive.
The good news is the Bolt EUV will benefit from faster Level 2 charging. It has a more robust 11 kW charging inverter (compared to the Bolt EV’s 7.2 kW system) contributing to shorter charge times both at home and at public charging stalls. The Bolt EUV still lags behind some of the competition in this regard, though. The Hyundai Kona Electric, for example, charges at a max of 72 kW. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range can charge at rates of up to 250 kW, as well – though GM will approach that rate with BEV3, which will support 200 kW charging in certain forms.
Other highlights of the vehicle include a more crossover-like dashboard design, a second-row sunroof option and an available hitch-mounted bike rack. As GM announced yesterday, the Bolt EUV will also be the first non-Cadillac vehicle to feature its Super Cruise SAE Level 2 semi-autonomous system when it launches next Summer. GM has plans to expand Super Cruise to 22 vehicles in total by 2023, including 10 by next year.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will not be a replacement for the Bolt EV hatchback. A new version of the Bolt EV will launch before the end of the year, likely receiving a slight interior and exterior redesign and perhaps the improved 11 kW charging system from the Bolt EUV, as well.