Chevrolet “listened to customers” in deciding on updates to the Chevy Bolt EV. That much is according to Vice President of Marketing at the Bow Tie brand, Steve Majoros, who shared the small tid-bit about the upcoming Bolt EV refresh during a recent media call attended by GM Authority.
The 2022 Bolt EV refresh has not yet been revealed, but we have seen many a prototype undergoing testing more than a few times. For our part, we expect all kinds of updates and changes, starting with restyled front and rear fascias to improve the outward appearance of the subcompact electric car. Inside, we expect the refreshed model to feature a new cockpit, new seats and a larger infotainment screen. Based on Majoros’ comments, it’s likely that most, if not all, of these updates will have been the result of customer feedback.
According to GM’s original schedule, the refreshed Bolt EV would have already been revealed and on sale, as the vehicle’s midcycle enhancement (MCE) was intended for the 2021 model year. But obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a two-month-long production shutdown, forced the Bow Tie brand to delay it.
As a result, changes to the 2021 Bolt EV were minimal, including the standard fitment of DC fast charging and the deletion of both the Keypass smartphone entry/start function and the Light Ash Grey with Ceramic White interior colorway. Incidentally, 2021 Bolt EV production started in November 2020.
The 2022 Bolt EV refresh is expected to go into production this summer, alongside the larger (but closely related) 2022 Bolt EUV. Both models will ride on the GM BEV2 platform and will be manufactured at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. GM announced a $300 million investment in the plant in 2019 to enable it to produce electric vehicles.
As previously reported, the Bolt EUV will be offered with the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, and will have a maximum real-world range of 277 miles (445 kilometers) compared with 259 miles (416 kilometers) for the present-day Bolt EV.