GM planned to give the Chevy Bolt EV all-electric subcompact hatchback a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) for the 2021 model year, but due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the updated model was delayed by one model year. The updated version will instead go on sale this summer, at the same time as an all-new, larger relative built on the same GM BEV2 platform, the Chevy Bolt EUV.
At that point, customers will therefore have two Chevrolet EVs to choose from. It therefore seems appropriate to explain exactly what the difference between the two small electric models, which were announced earlier today.
In most exterior dimensions, the 2022 Bolt EUV is exactly the same size as, or within fractions of an inch of, the 2022 Bolt EV. However, it is significantly longer, by 6.3 inches, and also has a greater wheelbase, by 2.9 inches. As we will soon see, this has a direct effect on interior dimensions.
Despite its greater size, the Bolt EUV is only 90 pounds heavier, with a curb weight of 3,679 pounds to the 3,589 pounds of the Bolt EV. This represents an increase of 2.5 percent – a small difference, but a noticeable one in terms of range and perhaps performance.
|Bolt EV||Bolt EUV|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm)||102.4 / 2,600||105.3 / 2,675|
|Length (in. / mm)||163.2 / 4,145||169.5 / 4,306|
|Width (in. / mm)||69.5 / 1,765||69.7 / 1,770|
|Height (in. / mm)||63.4 / 1,611||63.6 / 1,616|
|Front track (in. / mm)||59.1 / 1,501||59.5 / 1,511|
|Rear track (in. / mm)||59.1 / 1,501||59.5 / 1,511|
|Curb weight (lbs. / kg)||3,589 / 1,628||3,679 / 1,669|
Since the exterior dimensions are so similar, it should come as no surprise that the Bolt EUV has almost exactly the same amount of passenger and cargo room as the Bolt EV. In some respects, the larger vehicle is in fact slightly less spacious, though never by more than an inch. Surprisingly, the Bolt EUV’s cargo volume is marginally reduced compared to that of the Bolt EV.
Where the Bolt EUV scores in this comparison is in its rear legroom, which is 3.1 inches greater than that of the Bolt EV. This almost entirely explains the 2.6 cubic foot increase in passenger volume.
|Bolt EV||Bolt EUV|
|Front headroom (in. / mm)||40.1 / 1,018||40.0 / 1,016|
|Front headroom with sunroof (in. / mm)||-||39.1 / 992|
|Rear headroom (in. / mm)||37.9 / 962||37.8 / 960|
|Front legroom (in. / mm)||44.3 / 1,124||44.3 / 1,124|
|Rear legroom (in. / mm)||36.0 / 915||39.1 / 993|
|Front shoulder room (in. / mm)||54.6 / 1,388||54.6 / 1,387|
|Rear shoulder room (in. / mm)||52.8 / 1,340||52.0 / 1,320|
|Front hip room (in. / mm)||51.3 / 1,303||51.4 / 1,305|
|Rear hip room (in. / mm)||50.6 / 1,286||50.2 / 1,275|
|Passenger volume (cu. ft. / L)||93.9 / 2,659||96.5 / 2,734|
|Cargo volume, rear seats up (cu. ft. / L)||16.6 / 470||16.3 / 462|
|Cargo volume, rear seats down (cu. ft. / L)||57.0 / 1,614||56.9 / 1,611|
Both vehicles use the same electric motor, rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, and have the same 288-cell lithium-ion battery pack. The extra weight of the Bolt EUV means that its range is nine miles lower, at 250 miles, while its longer wheelbase explains a turning circle of 38.3 feet compared to the Bolt EV’s 34.8 feet.
DC fast charging should give Bolt EUV owners up to 95 miles per half-hour, or five miles less than Bolt EV customers will enjoy. There is no reason to believe that there is any technical difference in the fast charging systems of the two vehicles. Once again, the discrepancy is likely caused by the Bolt EUV’s slightly greater curb weight.
|Bolt EV||Bolt EUV|
|Drive type||Single motor and gearset||Single motor and gearset|
|Motor||Permanent magnetic drive motor||Permanent magnetic drive motor|
|Power (hp / kW)||200 / 150||200 / 150|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm)||266 / 360||266 / 360|
|Final drive ratio||7.05:1||7.05:1|
|Battery energy||65 kWh||65 kWh|
|Battery mass (lbs. / kg)||947 / 430||947 / 430|
|Turning circle (ft. / m)||34.8 / 10.6||38.3 / 11.7|
|GM-estimated range on full charge (mi / km)||259 / 416||250 / 402|
|Charge time 120 V (mi / km per hour)||Approx. 4 / 6.5||Approx. 4 / 6.5|
|Full charge time 240 V (hours)||Approx. 7||Approx. 7|
|DC fast charge (mi / km per half-hour)||Up to 100 / 160||Up to 95 / 152|
The Bolt EUV will have slightly less range and it might be just a little slower. Its most obvious advantage is greater space for rear seat passengers, which will be significant for buyers who intend to use the vehicle regularly as transport for more than two adults.