2022 Chevy Bolt EV 1LT Release Date, Colors, Price – The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and slightly larger Bolt EUV carry the baton for GM’s successful early entry into the electric vehicle space. Marketed as crossover SUVs, they operate more like hatchbacks, with compact footprints, easy drivability and front-wheel drive only. Call them what you will, they’re efficient and fun, and the 2022 model year sees a redesign and the option of a few extra inches in the EUV. Also, the Bolt EUV is the first vehicle outside the Cadillac brand to offer GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system.
Thanks to its long range, ample technology and a low price that was slashed from a year ago, the Bolt lineup remains quite competitive despite no longer offering the $7,500 federal tax credit. Its competitors still have access to that, but then they also cost considerably more (roughly $7,500 or so, which isn’t a coincidence). If you’re looking for a low-priced electric car, considering one of the Bolts is a must.
2022 Chevy Bolt EV 1LT How big is the Bolt?
Despite being marketed as a small crossover, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is really just a tall, compact hatchback, and the Bolt EUV is essentially just a slightly longer version. And while the smaller EV is diminutive overall — 163.2 inches long on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, which is about a foot shorter than a Leaf — it offers ample interior volume for its footprint. Chevy puts the Bolt EV at 93.9 cubic feet of overall passenger volume, and 16.6 cu. ft. of cargo volume — slightly more passenger volume and considerably less cargo volume than the aforementioned Leaf and its subcompact SUV competitors from Hyundai/Kia. The Bolt EUV is about 6 inches longer, with a 3-inch longer wheelbase. This adds some much-needed legroom for the rear passengers. For more vehicle information click here.
That squares with what you experience inside the Bolt — a spacious cabin with a slightly cramped cargo area — and the same goes for the EUV. That said, as long as the back’s not already full of stuff, there’s plenty of room back there for a large grocery run, and maximum cargo space improves to 57.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is indeed on par with small crossovers. EUV cargo volume remains close to the smaller 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, with 16.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 56.9 with the rear seats folded. As a commuter and occasional people-mover, or for families who pack light, either Bolt is pretty ideal. Either might be tight for two-kid families with lots of stuff, however.
2022 Chevy Bolt EV 1LT Performance Specs
Motivation is provided by a single permanent-magnet electric motor with a 200-horsepower (150-kW) output, putting power through a single-speed transmission. The Bolt EV’s 65-kWh battery provides a competitive EPA estimated 259 miles of range, while the bigger EUV loses negligible distance with its rating of 250 miles.
The EPA hasn’t yet released miles-per-gallon equivalent figures for the new Bolts, but we expect the smaller Bolt to remain the same as before at 127 MPGe city, 108 highway and 118 combined. The Bolt EUV will fare just slightly worse.
Both come standard with DC fast charging capability that allows the Bolts to recharge up to 100 (EV) or 95 (EUV) miles worth of electricity in 30 minutes. A dual-level charge cord is also available (standard in the EUV, optional for EV) meaning you don’t need separate 120-volt and 240-volt cords, though this is now commonplace in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
2022 Chevy Bolt EV 1LT Release Date, Colors, Price
Pricing for the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV starts at $31,995 (including the $995 destination fee) for the 1LT trim. That includes features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights, Chevy Safety Assist (more on that in the safety section, below), cloth seats, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and 17-inch wheels. 2LT starts at $35,195, and includes leather upholstery, power eight-way driver seat, heated front seats, surround view parking camera and blind spot monitoring.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV starts at $33,995, and comes with standard roof rails, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging and a dual-level charging cable. Stepping up to the Premier trim, at $38,495, adds leather seating, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror and surround view parking camera. Super Cruise is available in the Premier trim as a $2,000 option.
Also, keep in mind that the Bolts are not eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit applicable to most other EVs. Like Tesla, since Chevrolet started down Electric Avenue so early with the Volt and Bolt, it exhausted the finite number of credits granted to each manufacturer.