General Motors is doing its best to differentiate its two electric hatchbacks – the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV – in many ways, but several features are common to both vehicles. One of these features is a modular cargo floor.
‘Modular cargo floor’ is a fancy term for a removable floor panel. If the panel is removed, the cargo volume increases slightly, and the vehicle is able to carry taller objects. When it’s in place, the panel provides a flat load floor when the rear seatbacks are folded down.
A similar arrangement can be found on the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, as can be seen in this video. However, it’s worth noting that in the Trailblazer, the floor panel does not need to be removed but only lowered.
As GM Authority revealed in a dimensional comparison published in February, the Chevy Bolt EV‘s cargo volume is 16.6 cubic feet (470 liters) with the rear seats in place and 57.0 cubic feet (1,614 liters) when the seats are folded down. The vehicle therefore has a slight advantage in this respect over the Chevy Bolt EUV, for which the equivalent measurements are 16.3 cubic feet (462 liters) and 56.9 cubic feet (1,611 liters).
This is despite the fact that Chevy Bolt EUV is 6.3 inches longer, and has a wheelbase that’s 2.9 inches longer. The extra interior space created by the longer length and wheelbase is devoted almost entirely to rear legroom. Being longer than the Bolt EV, the Chevy Bolt EUV is also heavier, and has a wider turning circle and a marginally reduced range.
Mechanically, the two vehicles are identical. Both ride on the EV-specific GM BEV2 platform and have an electric motor which produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. They also look similar, but in fact they share no body panels, and there are several detail differences when it comes to design.
Chevrolet‘s attempt to differentiate the vehicles includes making ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and an early version of the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system (without the Automated Lane Change feature) available on the Bolt EUV but not the Bolt EV. Similarly, the Bolt EUV will be available with roof rails, which have been discontinued on the 2022 and newer Bolt EV.
Production of both vehicles started in May at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. The Bolt EV is priced to start at $31,995, including $995 destination freight charge, while the equivalent cost of the Bolt EUV is $33,995. Both figures are considerably lower than the $37,890 starting price of the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV.