We’re Driving The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV This Week – What Do You Want To Know?41
For the next several days, GM Authority will be behind the wheel of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV introduces a refresh for the all-electric nameplate, slotting in as the sixth model year of the first-generation vehicle and ushering in a number of changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is produced at the GM Lake Orion Plant in Michigan, and is motivated by a single-drive electric motor powering the front axle. Output is rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, with electricity sourced from a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Range-per-charge is rated at 259 miles. Under the skin, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV rides on the GM BEV2 platform.
One of the most noticeable changes for the 2022 model-year refresh is all-new styling, which includes a fresh front fascia with slim lighting elements and a blocked-off front grille section. The singular body style on offer is a five-door hatchback / crossover.
Two trim levels are offered, including the base-level 1LT and the up-level 2LT. Our tester is the 2LT trim, and is covered in Bright Blue Metallic paint, a $395 option, with a standard Jet Black Leather interior. The wheels are 17-inch Machined-Face aluminum with Carbon Flash Painted Pockets, fitted as standard.
Our tester is also fitted with the optional Infotainment Package, which includes USB charging-only ports, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, and wireless device charging, all of which is bundled together for an extra $595. Adaptive Cruise Control is also equipped, priced at $375.
In terms of tech, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is equipped as standard with Chevy Safety Assist, which includes:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Following Distance Indicator
- Forward Collision Alert
- IntelliBeam Automatic High Beam headlamps
Cabin highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating feature, heated driver and passenger seats, and a 10.2-inch diagonal HD color touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.
So, if there’s anything you want to know about the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV beyond the spec sheet, let us know in the comments section, and we’ll reply as soon as we’re able.
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have you driven any of its competitors for comparison?
is this worth spending the extra $10K over a toyota prius getting 50+mpg?
You can’t compare the Prius to the Bolt because the Prius is not an electric car.
if somebody is in the market for a green vehicle, i’d consider these two as competitors.
I wouldn’t even dare compare the two. Nothing is ‘green’ about burning fossils.
isn’t that the way most electricity is generated?
Not all fuels burned are fossils fuels… Biofuels are becoming more and more popular. Also hydrogen is a more than viable source of fuel for the grid. Fossil fuel is an antiquated term for those unfamiliar to the modern storage of energy. You could certainly make the argument that the materials used in battery production are less renewable than hydrogen…
Prius a 50 mpg is only 6-8 cents a mile for fuel . bolt is only 4-6. Prius needs oil changes and other ICE maintenance. Bolt does not. So for a 12 year ownership Bolt will be less $$$. But inconvenient for long distance travel
Doesn’t Toyota offer a plugin Prius and RAV4, both of which are/were eligible for the same tax rebate as the Bolt… Sounds like direct competition to me… A direct competition for a limited segment that gm is losing on all fronts.
Seriously small s steve. Will you please leave this site and stop trolling?
no. but thanks for asking.
Let’s just ignore small s steve and his trolling. ^^
Serious question: I’ve read many comments about the old Bolt seats not being the most comfortable. Please let us know your thoughts on the comfort of the new Bolt seats. Can you tell a difference? Thanks.
hahahaha!!!! don’t cancel me!!!
Please compare the ride quality with 2019 Bolt
Dan – the seats in the 2022 model have been redone from the ground up. They are more comfortable than those on the 2017-2021 Bolt EV. That’s a net positive. However, there is a newfound problem with the new center stack design, in that it protrudes outward and hits the driver’s right knee. It’s not the case for all drivers, but it is the case for me (I’m 5’9). So it’s a ‘one step forward, one step back’ kind of scenario in my opinion.
Ashok – the ride quality is the same as that of the 2017-2021 Bolt EVs. There is no difference in or changes to the suspension or chassis.
Does it explode? 🤯 😭😆
When Steve sits in it.
How is the quietness at 70 mph?
That’s the ‘other’ Electric Car. GM electrics are relatively safe, and after all, it was only the 2017-2019 models that have problems…. No issues to date with the 2020, 2021, or 2022 models. Plus all the plug-in voltec vehicles of the past 10 years are perfectly safe.
I did run into a fellow Bicyclist who was considering a 2016-2019 VOLT, yet decided on a new Toyota Prius Prime since the car was wide enough to transport a bicycle – something the 2011-2015 VOLT *COULD* do, yet the more recent versions such as my 2019 VOLT, cannot really do.. I scratched the paint trying to finally get mine in – but if anyone asked me, I’d say its effectively too small.
The good news is the the 2022 BOLT EUV I just purchased is a full 2 1/2″ wider at the hatchback opening and THIS CAR is big enough.
As far as Bio-fuels go, they make up less than 2% of current generation and will be a while before they even reach 5%.
Rather like talking about Hydrogen Powered Vehicles. The handful leased in this country even doesn’t matter since 99% of the USA cannot support them.
Is it safe to park indoors yet🤔
it’s a 2022 so yes it is.
For now atleast, time will tell.
Is it safe to park in your garage yet🤔
Steve has a point, with the Prius getting roughly 50 mpg the CO2 output in total (obviously not at the vehicle level) per mile to power the vehicle is about the same as a Bolt when charging inefficiencies (about 15%), grid transmission inefficiencies (at least 5%), and the fact that in the US about 80% of our power is still from fossil fuels is considered.
Hey, Doesn’t bother me… I own 3 plug-ins (2 volt type vehicles, and 1 totally battery-electric), which I initially bought to recharge (in 2011) from the local Coal Power plant in my same down (I’m down-wind of it), along with 2 other nearby coal plants which now, unfortunately, are all closed down since there is currently 10 years hence (in 2021) no Coal generation period in NY State.
There is a slight amount of coal power used to recharge my 3 cars overnight due to purchase from Pennsylvania.
To me, all the 3 power plants were very ‘Sustainable’ since they used American-Mined Coal, had 98% of the Sulfur Dioxide, and 90% of naturally occurring Mercury removed – with the only non-gas remnants sold to make American – Made Drywall at a nearby plant.
CO2 – a building block of Life – I call ‘oxygen’ as opposed to ‘carbon’ since that is what you get after its life-sustaining process for plants are done with it.
We currently don’t need any electricity from those 3 large power plants anyway – they’ve shut down all the factories and moved all the jobs to China.
That great surplus of electricity is a ‘non-problem’ I’d rather not have. I’d much prefer to have Americans Working productively – rather than ‘Everyone Selling each other insurance’ – as James J. Kilpatrick warned would happen years ago.
Has it caught on fire yet?
I have been driving mine for a couple of weeks now..my question is about charging. I plug it in and leave it until it is fully charged. Do I need to worry about over charging it or leaving it plugged in after it is fully charged.
No you don’t have to worry about keeping it plugged in. When it’s plugged in it won’t use battery power to condition the battery keeping it warm or cool during the cold of the winter or heat of the summer.
When Is Chevrolet / GM going to get serious about EV? They do more in China than the USA.
When the Ultium battery plants are built. There will be a flood. GM is introducing 20 EV models to the US by 2025.
BEV3 is a new platform. So it will start with a trickle and end with a flood.
Styling wise, I like the new taillight design better than the ’17-’21 design. However the front end changes are not an improvement IMO – the headlights combined with the odd slash below them give the front end a rather fussy appearance compared to the original.
I too would like to find out how the new front seats compare to the previous ones, which I found to be too narrow, pinchingly uncomfortable at the sides.
It’s funny cause for me it’s the exact opposite. I don’t like the new rear lights and think the front is a massive improvement over the old.
How much of the will to live does it sap from your life?
How often are you tempted to drive it into on coming traffic?
How do you switch the radio off? Not just turn it down but switch it off and have it stay off. Thank jyou
you press the power button on the radio to mute it and/or the call/disconnect button on the steering wheel. To turn it off you just hold the power button longer.
GM has a long way to go.
You won’t find this out from a test drive but wondering how much Bolt mileage will degrade in cold temperatures. We live in Calgary, Alberta. Winters are … well, winter.
I can’t comment on that directly since I’m conducting this test in warm Florida weather, but my colleagues that live in Canada should be able to chime in here tomorrow.
How is the ride quality? I have a 2020. Also wondering if there is auto wipers and if the seats are still manually adjustable? More USB’s? USB-C? Also are the mirrors power folding?
Hi. Please drive at night and let us know how the headlights do. Please let us know how the distance in front of you illuminates as well as the peripheral vision. Thank you
GM should step up and replace all battery packs in the 2017-2019 Bolts or offer those customers a new Bolt or a full refund. Its the right thing to do. The negative publicity is not good for the Bolt. Hopefully that’s what they will decide if the investigation determines the fires are cused by faulty battery packs.