The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV all-electric crossover will have a one-pedal driving mode button which will also be introduced to the upcoming 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, a vehicle which has not previously had this feature.
During the Chevy Bolt EUV‘s media event, from which GM Authority delivered its first driving impressions, journalists were invited to try out the one-pedal driving mode. However, this feature isn’t new, as it has been available on the Bolt EV since it was introduced for the 2017 model year. It’s the button which is new.
Previously, the mode was engaged on the Bolt EV by nudging the shift lever rearward to switch from D to L. Neither of the 2022 Chevy Bolt models has a shift lever, which is why GM has introduced the button.
One-pedal operation allows drivers not only to move the vehicle forward using the accelerator pedal, as normal, but also to make it slow down and even stop completely. The energy regeneration system adds enough resistance to make use of the brake pedal unnecessary, at least up to a point – in emergency situations, applying the brake pedal is still required. When it is not, energy which would normally be converted to heat in the braking system, and then dissipated into the atmosphere with no benefit, is instead used to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack.
The driver is notified that one-pedal driving is activated by a light which appears on the lower left part of the instrument panel directly ahead of the steering wheel. The vehicle’s brake lights come on when deceleration reaches a certain level, making it clear to following motorists what is happening.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will both arrive this summer. They share the same GM BEV2 platform, battery and front-mounted permanent magnet electric motor which is rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, driving the front wheels.
Despite their similarities in technology and appearance, the crossovers do not have any body panels in common. The Bolt EUV is also longer, and provides an extra 3.1 inches of rear passenger legroom compared with the Bolt EV. The Bolt EV will be priced to start at $31,995. The Bolt EUV costs $33,995, and has a longer list of available options.
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