Production of the Bolt EV, now in the fifth model year of its first generation, began behind schedule, though not by much. Chevrolet‘s originally-planned start date to begin production was November 16th.
General Motors was initially planning to give the 2021 Bolt EV a midcycle enhancement (MCE) consisting of updates to the exterior and interior. However, delays created by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the automaker to push these changes back to the 2022 model year. The 2022 Bolt EV will go into production in the summer of 2021, at around the same time as its larger platform mate, the Bolt EUV.
As a result of the delays, the 2021 Bolt EV will be very similar to the 2020 Bolt EV. One notable change to the 2021 Bolt EV is that Premier models will now be fitted with DC fast charging as standard. The Keypass smartphone entry/start function has also been deleted, along with the Light Ash Grey with Ceramic White interior colorway, which was formerly available with all exterior colors on both LT and Premier trims.
Another change is that the Comfort and Convenience Package is now available only with the fast charging charging. Equipment contained in the package includes:
- Heated driver and front passenger seats
- Automatic heated steering wheel
- Three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror