The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a compact all-electric hatchback that is now one of the most inexpensive and popular electric vehicles on the market. Chevrolet has made a number of changes for 2022 that will further increase the car’s appeal. More comfortable front seats, a redesigned cabin and a new look that looks less cheesy than before are all on the program. A number of safety features, including Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, are now standard.
The revised Chevy Bolt EV for 2022 not only looks more exciting inside and out, but also has more features and a lower starting price – $33,500. While the futuristic bodywork and freshly refinished interior are the most visible changes, the car still has a front-only powerplant that allows for near-instantaneous acceleration. The 2022 Bolt EV is expected to have a range of up to 259 miles on a single charge, according to Chevy.
This gives it an edge over the great Hyundai Kona Electric, but it lags behind the Tesla Model 3. The All New 2022 Bolt EUVwhich is optional will appeal to those looking for a more SUV-style model with extra capacity in the back and available Super Cruise hands-free driving.
Interior and Exterior Design: The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
According to Chevy, the Bolt EV’s interior has been revamped with a more premium design that includes nicer materials and soft-touch surfaces. The steering wheel now has a flat bottom and the former electronic shifter has been replaced by a combination of pull switches and push buttons. While the new Bolt EV has the same amount of passenger space as the previous model, including a rear seat that can accommodate two people, it has redesigned front seats that are touted to be more comfortable.
The hatchback’s rear cargo space is 17 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 57 cubic feet when the rear seat backs are folded flat. The 2022 Bolt EV comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with popular features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot with a monthly fee and wireless smartphone charging. Physical volume and tuning buttons, as well as a home screen hotkey, are available in addition to the touch controls. The Chevy’s infotainment system supports wireless updates and has built-in apps that work with Amazon Alexa and Spotify.
The redesigned front of the 2022 Bolt EV, which replaces the whimsical, toy-like aspect of its predecessor with a slightly more mature and luxurious look, is the most noticeable difference on the outside. The Bolt’s huge eyes have been replaced with narrow, trademark LED lights. Meanwhile, the real LED headlights have been moved to where the fog lamps used to be. Also featured on the Chevrolet Trailblazer, this flip-flop creates the illusion of super-slim concept car headlights during the day and provides ample illumination at night.
An angular slash of gloss black trim connects the two light clusters and helps frame the Bolt grille. The taillights are slimmer at the rear and last year’s 3D squiggles have been replaced with a simpler oval outline that better matches the hatchback’s rear glass. A narrower reflector bar, a relocated single reversing light and a greater amount of black plastic visibly enhance the rear.
The Amazing Powertrain of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
We have not driven the 2022 Bolt EV, but the engine and chassis are identical to previous models tested. The electric motor still powers only the front wheels and produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. When the light turns green, this configuration responds instantly to the throttle and loads of low-end torque so you can shoot off the line.
At highway speeds, responses are less immediate, but the new electric Chevy should make highway merging and merging a breeze. There are two regenerative braking modes. The default setting sags when you lift the accelerator and creeps slightly forward at low speeds. There’s also a single-pedal drive mode (activated by a button on the center console) that encourages regenerative braking to such an extent that you rarely need to brake to slow down.
The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV delivers spectacular driving performance
The Bolt EV 2023 is expected to have a range of 259 miles on a full charge, according to the EPA. That’s the same as the previous generation Bolt’s EPA rating, and it’s comparable to others comparably priced EVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric† The Bolt EV comes with a two-level charging cord that plugs into both 120-volt and 240-volt outlets, eliminating the need for many owners to buy a separate home charger, according to Chevy.
The Bolt’s maximum level 2 charging speed jumps to 11 kW, allowing the battery to be fully charged in less than seven hours. With a Level 3 connection, the electrified hatchback can still add approximately 160 kilometers of range every 30 minutes. The Bolt EV’s combined EPA rating is 120 MPGe in 2023. In our field test, the latest Bolt EV we looked at had 102 MPGe, which equates to 180 miles of highway range. If you maintain lower speeds in the city, you can expect to get significantly more range. In reality, we were able to beat the EPA’s predicted 259-mile driving range in the real world during an unusual range test in California’s Death Valley.