2022 Chevy Bolt EUV Wins Urban Green Car Of The Year Award30
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV has been named the Urban Green Car of the Year by the experts at Green Car Journal, certifying the car as one of the best eco-friendly vehicles for city dwellers.
The Chevy Bolt EUV was up against stiff competition for the 2022 Urban Green Car of the Year Award, including the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Venue, Kia Seltos and MINI Cooper SE. The subcompact crossover took home the Urban Green Car of the Year title despite the battery fire safety recall that is still active on the vehicle, which forced General Motors to pause production while it worked on a solution for the battery fires.
“Featuring a compact footprint and welcome functionality, the electric Bolt EUV crossover offers city-friendly maneuverability and a 247-mile range,” Green Car Journal editors said in their assessment of the electric crossover.
A new addition to the Chevy lineup for 2022, the Bolt EUV rides on the same BEV2 electric vehicle platform as the closely related Bolt EV hatchback and also uses the same front-mounted electric motor and 65 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Bolt EUV produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque from its single electric motor, propelling the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds. It also boasts an EPA-estimated range of 247 miles, which is slightly less than the Bolt EV’s rating of 259 miles. This is mostly due to the Bolt EUV’s slightly larger size and more upright shape, which give it the benefit of more spacious interior and cargo dimensions.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is produced alongside the 2022 Bolt EV at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. The vehicle is currently on a limited production schedule as GM works to replace the battery packs in customer vehicles affected by the battery fire recall.
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What a hot award.
How much did GM pay for this award? Come on! The Bolt is not even safe to charge indoors, and should not be bought, driven, owned, rented, or otherwise used in any way because its batteries are unsafe. Absolutely ridiculous to suggest this is the best EV. DO NOT BUY A CHEVY EV unless you have excellent fire insurance.
About 20 fires out of several hundred thousand cars. It was blown way out of proportion.
How was it blown out of proportion? They told people not to charge it to 100% they told people to not park it within what 50ft of your own home? They told people not to let it drop below a certain percentage? So what exactly did people blow out of proportion when this is what they were told but the company that makes the car?
Regulations and all, the pretty much had to go further than needs be just to cover their asses.
Blown out of proportion unless it was your fire.
Hyundai/Kia have cells with LG manufacturing defects in their batteries. Their “fix” didn’t work.
The recall included busses:
And Hyundai is now set to replace the entire battery in:
75,680 Kona electric cars
5,716 Ioniq electric cars
305 Elec City buses
LG has admitted fault in the batteries supplied to GM and will cover the cost of battery replacements. Hyundai was responsible for the ~1$B recall of it’s batteries, also suppled by LG, due to failure to follow charging guidelines.
Congrats to GM on another accolade.
Haha quoting fake news articles the bbc really lmao.
Nothing says “Green” like having your car burst into flames and pollute the environment with toxic plastic and lithium smoke.
Exactly , and all of the others like Hyundia , KIA etc are getting a free pass on this as they let GM take the fall.
Hyundia actually announced a recall earlier this year on 82,000 electric cars due to a concern of fire.
At least GM and LG are doing the right thing here
My next car will be an electric GM
Fine if you want a car with limited travel range. Hey GM ! Stop throwing good money after bad , your sad devotion to a product no one wants is killing the company. Build what the people want, vehicles like the SWB Reg Cab Silverado, the K5 Blazer like it was in the 70’s, the Astro/Safari, the Monte Carlo, the Impala & Caprice … vehicles people actually want. GM you can’t EV & SUV your way to profitability … sorry GM, but somebody had to say/write it. You’re planning for Cadillac to be EV only in the future, Cadillac will be gone like Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Saturn. If you spent 1/2 the money on Hybrid (gas/ele) vehicles, gave them some style, you’d be on top, instead of just maybe frantically trying to hold on with maybe a actual 15% market share. And Ford, Chrysler/Stellantis you’re in the same boat or not too far away. Ford’s hit a home run as the new Maverick is doing well (when you get your hands on one) and should spur more new product in the future. America is a nation on wheels, and sooner or later the current POTUS will reverse the oil/energy sector and things like gas prices will get back to normal. Those who think EV’s are going to save the day think again, many neighborhoods electrical infrastructure can’t handle the needs … or to put it another way … older residential neighborhoods have between 7 to 10 single family houses … in CA it’s been proven that if just 1/2 of them try to charge their cars at the same time, and the other 1/2 try to make dinner or do the laundry … the electrical breakers trip. The next morning they find their EV with a dead battery. To close this, People want the cars you don’t make anymore, and there are many repair shops whose business has turned into restoration shops restoring the cars people actually want, and say you got that 1991 Chevy Blazer fully restored from top to bottom, you spent maybe $30K … less than a Tahoe, but you got what you really wanted, in literally new condition as these shops that restore vehicles are dern good at it, many are certified with the extended warranty companies and you’ve got a warranty like a new car.
Pacific Gas & Electric – as well as Southern California Edison – charge Confiscatory Rates, and offer crappy service – in Collusion with the State Government there…
There were, are, and will be plenty of power failures there WITH OR WITHOUT ev’s. Any local infrastructure problems would be instantly solved by either Demand Residential Service (allocate costs to those causing the expense), or have a NON-BRAIN-DEAD time – of – use rate schedule, since these utilities all have SMART revenue meters….
I have none of that here in NY State, and I pay about 1/2 to 1/3 the confiscatory rates that those companies charge – and they keep the lights on besides. We don’t have SMART meters, and I don’t want them, but we do have time-of-use rates optionally available to lower the cost of ev recharging, even though recharging 3 plug-in vehicles simultaneously I wouldn’t see any savings in my particular case.
My old neighborhood is ‘SO OVERBUILT’ electrically that they could convert all the homes to electric heat, (we are universally gas heat here since it is so cheap – the big box stores have no ELECTRIC dryers in their stores in my area since ALMOST NO ONE buys them, even though the electricity is pretty cheap – the gas is still 1/3 of the cost).
That being the case, Absolutely everyone in my subdivision could have 2 evs and the system wouldn’t bat an eyelash…. Its effectively like that in the majority of the country….
But if you live in the “WOKE” states out west, or even surprisingly TEXAS – all bets are off as to reliable electricity WITH OR WITHOUT evs.
Where I live you can’t own an ev if you do and go out somewhere people will smash your windows out and spit on your car.
Samuel – well – best to drive an ‘unobtrusive EV then’…My 2014 Cadillac ELR is SO UNDERSTATED that people comment on its Sexy Looks (even at 8 years old), and never realize it is a plug-in car.
The BOlt EV and BOLT EUV do have a ‘bit’ of badging, but it isn’t excessive, and I’m sure people look at the car and do not realize it is electric.
I don’t really like cars that scream ‘LOOK AT ME’.
You are correct about PGE here in the west and the smart meters. Our home it total solar and we over produce power, but try to get PGE to pay for what we kick back into the grid.
So I could charge two EV for free.
Funny all the gas drinking cavemen keep coming on a EV thread saying they won’t buy one but not too many EV buyers won’t come on a pickup thread to spill their BS, why is that?.
I drive 3 plug-in electrics…., but I would never force my decision on anyone else – and the ‘cavemen’ as you call them have nothing to worry about: If Ford and GM discontinue ICE vehicles entirely (which if they DO they’d go out of business), there is still Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai/KIA, and Toyota to pick up their business.
People can say what they want I’m sorry you take issue with that. 🤡
Translation: me cavemen love Exxon juice 🛢⛽
There is nothing cheap about living in New York!
I have been involved with electric vehicles for over 35 years. Mostly electric forklifts. Yes it is a different technology but many of the battery principles are the same. What kills batteries is heat, over charging or running at a low state of charge build heat.
I live in California, forty miles from the nearest city. Gas prices are around the $4.50 per gal range. I’ve decided to purchase a EV vehicle, just makes sense for me. I won’t charge above 90% and will not run battery below 10%. That may decrease my max range a bit but I can live with that. I also won’t rapid charge the battery, it is my opinion that is one thing that will really heat up a battery. I’m considering two vehicles, the Mazda and the chevy. When I look at the operational cost of a EV vehicle over gas it is a no brainer for me. My home is total solar, so charging will be free.
A refreshingly thoughtful post. You’ve got a little background and it looks like you have very reasonable expectations.
I like the Mazda, too (it’s a beautiful little car), but I personally find the range a little TOO limited on it. Got a Bolt EUV on order. I, too, have decided to limit charging (most of the time it will make little difference) and hope to keep the SOC between 30% and 70%. I might take the odd longer trip, and I’ll push the SOC higher on those occasions but I don’t anticipate it making much long-term difference. I’ve seen reports from Bolt drivers who have lost less than 2% since 2017.
What has interested me in Mazda is they will be incorporating a small motor for charging for cases where a driver couldn’t make it to a charging station. It isn’t available yet but I have always thought that would be an excellent backup system.
I was an electric forklift technician for most of my career so I have seen many changes in the electric vehicle technology over the years. I do have some concerns with lithium batteries as many do, but I think with reasonable care they will perform well, and as with most technology they will continue to improve.
Our local gas stations prices today was $4.86 a gallon.
best of luck to you.
I forgot to mention the issue of charging cycles and life of a battery. It is a little complicated formula but I suggest anyone interested to do a google search on charging cycles and battery life. It will give a much better understanding of battery life and what effects it.
I’ve ordered a 2022 Chevy Bolt euv and put a deposit. My order is stuck at my dealership in Ontario until until GM gives them the green light to hand in those orders to be built… we are still waiting
Ive had a bolt ev and loved it… it did not have the battery defects that some had and now i’m moving up to the euv 2022 that i have test driven and it has amazing improvements in many ways…
It’s fine the Bolt won an award but beating Kia or Hyundai at anything ain’t saying much…