The upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV will offer a hitch-mounted bike rack, offering a perfect solution for those buyers interested in using the upcoming all-electric crossover to transport their human-powered two-wheeler to and fro. The optional accessory will also free up extra space inside the EV crossover to carry additional passengers for group trips to the trails, all without requiring an awkward roof rack solution.
We initially reported on the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV’s optional hitch-mounted bike rack in March following GM’s EV Day event. However, there’s more to the story here worth shedding light on.
Traditionally, General Motors has not been at the forefront when it comes to offering bike rack accessories for its vehicles. For starters, GM has never actually made a bike rack, nor has it offered any GM-branded bike racks. This stands in stark contrast to Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, all of which offer their own bike racks. Even Tesla has its own roof rack – but not GM.
That said, GM does occasionally resell Thule bike racks for its trucks and SUVs, but those are generally clunky to use. They’re also obviously aftermarket accessories.
However, the bike rack offered with the Chevrolet Bolt EUV will be a completely different thing, and seems to showcase a change in thinking within GM. Perhaps in the move to offer 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, GM is also paying closer to attention to the active lifestyles that the vehicles could power for buyers.
As a reminder, the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV will offer frontend styling similar to that of the latest Chevrolet Trailblazer and Chevrolet Blazer crossovers, with thin upper headlamps and circular lower lamps. Exterior dimensions will measure in with roughly three extra inches for the overall length when compared to the Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback, which will translate as more space in the cabin for second-row passengers and cargo. The cabin will also sport a fresh design, which will also carry over to the Bolt EV hatch.
Under the skin, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV will ride on the GM BEV2 platform, and come with a single electric motor producing 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque for the front wheels. Range-per-charge is estimated at less than the 259 miles offered by the Bolt EV, but it will come with Level 2 charging capability.
It’s unclear when the Chevrolet Bolt EUV will launch, but given GM’s recent announcement that it’s new all-electric vehicle products were still on track, it’s possible we may see it as soon as this summer.