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.