The Chevrolet Bolt EV is part of a new generation of electric and hybrid cars that are becoming more and more commonplace in the U.S. The Bolt boasts futuristic lines and modest exterior dimensions, however it makes excellent use of interior space with seating for 5 plus luggage. The base Bolt EV comes well equipped with features like keyless entry, HID headlamps, a Programmable Charge Control System, Chevy Mylink Radio, and Android Auto/Apple Carplay, dual USB ports, even GM's Teen driver assist mode, and 10 air bags.
Propulsion comes from an advanced electric drivetrain that pairs wonderfully with the AC synchronous motor with a huge 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that carries an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. It produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque that can advance the Bolt EV from 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds. In addition to its standard 110V charging system, Bolt EV owners can opt for a 240V home-charging setup that cuts battery replenishment time to about nine hours or available DC Fast Charging capability that can add 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
When upgrading to the Premier package standard features include unique 17 inch Ultra Bright Machined aluminum wheels, outside side mirror indicators, roof rails, Silver center stack trim, leather seats, front and rear heated seats, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and rear Camera Mirror, ambient light pipes, and surround vision. A 4-camera system that creates a bird's-eye view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings.
Standard Safety features include 10 including multiple side/curtain airbags, Stabilitrak electronic stability control system, LED daytime running lights and OnStar.
It's got a new look and some new tech, but not much else has changed for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV. However, combine these smaller quality-of-life tweaks with a more enticing price tag -- starting around $5,500 cheaper than last year -- and the little Bolt begins to look like a pretty big value.
The most obvious change to the 2022 Bolt EV is the new front fascia, which trades the playful, toy-like look of its predecessor for something more grown-up and premium in appearance. Narrow LED signature lights sit where the Bolt's wide eyes used to live. Meanwhile, the actual LED headlamps have been moved down to the space formerly occupied by the foglights. This flip-flop -- which thealso pulls off -- gives the appearance of super-slim, concept car headlights during the day while still offering adequate illumination at night.
The two light clusters are connected by an angular slash of gloss black trim that helps to frame the Bolt's grille. Around back, the taillights are narrower; gone are last year's 3D squiggles, replaced with a simpler oval outline that better blends in with the hatchback's rear glass. The bumper is also updated with a thinner reflector bar, a repositioned single reverse light and a larger area of black plastic that helps visually raise the rear end.
The Good ~ Priced competitively for long-range class ~ More premium feel and appearance ~ Adaptive cruise control is now available
The Bad ~ DC fast charging still limited to 55 kW ~ No Super Cruise highway assist
The Bottom Line The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt is still one of the best long-range EVs, only now it's also the most affordable.
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