The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV represents the fifth model year of the first-generation Bolt EV. The small electric car was initially set to receive a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE), otherwise known as a refresh. However, obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the updated model to the 2022 model year.
As such, the 2022 Bolt EV is set to enter production this summer, and will be joined by a slightly larger brother, the all-new Bolt EUV. The pair made their official debut on February 14th, with General Motors teaming up with Walt Disney World to welcome the new EV models.
Until then, the Chevy Bolt EV sees a few small changes for the 2021 model year. Here’s exactly what’s new and different about the 2021 Bolt EV.
The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV continues with the same trim level structure that it has had since its launch – namely LT and Premier. This will change for the 2022 Bolt EV, as GM Authority was first to report.
On the inside, the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV sees the deletion of KeyPass, which offered smartphone entry and start operation. For the 2020 model year, this feature was standard on all Bolt EV models.
Additionally, the model also loses the Light Ash Gray with Ceramic White interior color combination, leaving customers with a choice of Dark Galvanized with Sky Cool Gray or Dark Galvanized Gray for the 2021 model year. The Light Ash Gray with Ceramic White interior color combination was available with all exterior color options on both LT and Premier models for the 2020 model year. As GM Authority reported back in 2017, the Light Ash Gray / Ceramic White interior color combination can result in a sun glare that obscures the driver’s view.
The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV makes DC fast charging standard on the Premier trim level. For the 2020 model year, this feature was an option for both LT and Premier models. It remains an option for 2021 Bolt EV LT models.
Otherwise, the 2021 Bolt EV continues to be powered by the same 66 kWh lithium ion battery pack mated to a single electric drive motor, offering a total of 259 miles – or 416 kilometers – on a single charge of the Bolt EV’s 288-cell battery. The 259 mile range is a 21 mile improvement over the 2017-2019 model.
For the 2021 model year, the Comfort and Convenience Package, which is optional only on the LT model, now requires DC fast charging. The package continues to include the following features:
- Heated driver and front passenger seats
- Automatic heated steering wheel
- 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
All of these features are standard on Premier models except for the auto-dimming rearview mirror. This is because Premier models are equipped as standard with an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror that is also the Rear Camera Mirror.
2021 Chevy Bolt EV Availability
The 2021 Chevy Bolt is assembled at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan, US. The 2021 model year units entered production in the third quarter of the 2020 calendar year.
As we mentioned, a refreshed Bolt EV will enter the market for the 2022 model year, and the nameplate is expected to live on at least until the 2024 model year before being replaced with an all-new model, likely with a new nameplate and using the GM Ultium battery system, thereafter.
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