2023 Chevy Bolt EV Gets New Illuminated Charge Port22
GM will spruce the Chevy Bolt EV up a bit for the 2023 model year, adding an attention-grabbing illuminated charge port as a standalone option.
The standalone Illuminated charge port will carry RPO code 62G in the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV‘s order books and will be available to order on both the 1LT and 2LT trim levels. Pricing for the Illuminated charge port is not available at this time, although we do not anticipate this will be a very expensive option.
While an illuminated charge port will not change the charging performance of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV, it will give the electric hatchback a small amount of added flair and character while it’s plugged in at charging stalls. Many other current-day EVs feature a similar illuminated light strip that outlines the charging port, like the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq for example.
GM is looking to reinvigorate interest in the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV following the widely publicized battery fire recall that plagued both models last year. The automaker launched a high-profile ad campaign for the electric compact cars this spring, which will give the Bolt nameplate the highest ad spend at Chevy this year behind only the Silverado pickup truck. Thanks to this ad campaign, Chevy marketing boss Steve Majoros predicts Bolt sales will reach a record high this year, topping the previous high of 23,297 units sold back in 2017.
The Chevy Bolt EV rides on the GM BEV2 platform and utilizes a single-drive electric motor, which produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A 65 kWh lithium-ion battery provides 259 miles of range on a single charge. The closely-related Chevy Bolt EUV uses the same technology, but range sits slightly lower at 247 miles due to the crossover’s added weight.
GM will also drop the Cherry Red Tintcoat exterior color from the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV order books, as we reported previously. Cherry Red Tintcoat was a new color introduced on the refreshed Bolt EV for the 2021 model year and will be replaced by the new Radiant Red Metallic hue.
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I think the looks are OK, the fires and the old school slow charging is what’s killing it
The port is already available for the 2022.
It sells for 440$ CAD. Pretty expensive in my opinion.
Yeah, it’s now an LPO option. All that means is that the price is included on the main window sticker instead of appearing as a separate addendum sticker as a dealer-installed accessory. Looks a little better to the customer.
Practically, it’s the same. The dealer receives it as a separate part and installs it before delivery.
There’s a high markup on accessories like these, because among other things, it gives the dealer room to negotiate off MSRP.
I’m sure this will help the Fire Dept. find the cars on fire… LOL
It won’t matter because the Bolt is now a sales laggard. Nobody wants this fire prone turkey.
GM knows this and has just dropped the prices on both Bolts! #firesale…
The bolt will be dead after the 2023 year, they are just using parts left over from there 6 month shut down , and now they said all 2023 Bolts are being discounted another 6 thousand,
you are an idiot!
That is a little harsh. You don’t know Bill.
I have a 21 Premier and purchased it for around $30,000 with all the incentives. Its a great car, much funner to drive than our Model Y. However, Tesla does have the best network for charging. I live in Chicago and it is great for parking and being stuck in traffic.
What is a “Y”?
Sorry to say – very poorly written article… Neither the charge port option price is listed, nor is the size of the charging port specified (which was 32 amperes but this year upgraded to 48 amperes – which I have heard NO ONE requesting – rather like the 80 ampere dual charger that I had no choice in getting when I ordered a Caddy Lyriq).
I only own currently GM products – but I shake my head at some of the things they do….Non-ev drivers don’t realize this – but since the highest public charging generally available (other than fast charging) is 32 amperes, anything BEYOND that is somewhat useless….. And if you need anytime to sleep, then it is also fast enough for home – which incidentally is the limit of their included charging cords, and the receptacles being installed by QMerit…
I haven’t seen any of their installations – but while theoretically good for 40 – I’d want to see how hot the receptacles get at 32 before trying anything more. Don’t need my garage to burn down – and this time it ISN’T a battery issue.
I had the 240 volt outlet installed in our garage within two weeks of when we purchased our Bolt EUV last summer thanks to GM and the electrician Q-Merit lined up. There were no additional charges.
The connector cable feels no warmer than anything else in our garage. And, after even a long day of errands, our Bolt is ready to go in a few hours.
Filling up with liquid fossils is much simpler than dealing with these coal burners.
Coal burners? I can see the condensate plume from the local reactor on the horizon. And the sixteen solar cells on our garage roof charge our Bolt with no company power use so long as it is still daylight.
You can order an illuminated charge port as an official Chevy add-on accessory going back to the 2017 model. The wire for the LED is already there in the harness. The body control module needs to be re-flashed (by a dealer unless you have the OBD equipment and access to the firmware) if you want the green light to blink the state of charge. If you don’t re-flash the module, the light just comes on when the cover is open, which makes more sense anyway, given there is already a light on the dashboard.
I thought about it, but the install kit is a couple hundred US Dollars, even from a discount parts place and it is actually a fair amount of work to install. I’m fine with a boring non illuminated port.
More interesting than the availability of a light in the charge port is the fact that GM dropped the entry level 2023 Bolt EV sticker price by about $6,000 to around $28,000 +/-, and they didn’t de-content the 2023 model to lower the price.
The 2023 Bolt still uses the existing EV platform, not the Ultimum.
I haven’t seen any details, but my guess is the 2023 Bolt still uses a PTC heater for the cabin HVAC liquid loop. It would be nice to have a reversing valve to run the A/C as a heat pump in above-freezing weather to save energy.
Can’t sell them, people are afraid of spontaneous combustion!
Well people are dumb and ignorant of the facts. Electric vehicles have very few fires. Do the research. All you haters just cant change your ways.
So if the 2023 bolt is going to be 6 thousand less, then what’s the price going to be on 2022 that are sitting on lots and are almost a year old ??????
Almost zero maintenance and cheaper to charge them paying for gas, I love my bolt. Looking forward to the new GM EVs, thinking of buying the Cadillac. Love not having to stop for gas too.