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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV First Look


The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric compact hatchback. It’s all-new for 2022, replacing the outing first-generation model that came out for the 2017 model year. The original Bolt launch was a big deal in the EV world for being the first electric car from a mainstream brand with a range of over 200 miles while carrying an affordable price tag after incentives. Now that those federal EV incentives have dried up for Chevy, an all-new second-generation model is on the way with a more affordable starting price that helps to make up for that.

Not only is the new Bolt more affordable than its predecessor, but it has an updated look, a nicer interior, and some new tech features that make an already great EV even more attractive. We also love that it’s available in all 50 states, which is a claim that few EVs can make.

Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and see if it’s the right electric car for you.

What’s New for 2022?

The Chevrolet Bolt EV enters an all-new generation for 2022. See the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Lower price than outgoing model
  • 259-mile range
  • Standard wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Standard DC fast charging
  • Bigger, nicer interior than predecessor
  • Available in 50 states

What We Don’t

  • No Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system
  • Questionable styling

How Much

$31,995 to $35,195

Fuel Economy

Chevy says the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV will have the same 259-mile electric range as the outgoing 2021 model. This range lags behind what the Tesla Model 3 is capable of, but beats other affordable EVs like the Nissan Leaf Plus and Kia Niro EV. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is rated at 131 MPGe in the city and 109 MPGe on the highway. 

Power comes from a single electric motor mated to a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It makes 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. As for charging time, GM estimates that with a 120-volt outlet, it can charge about 4 miles of range per hour. With a 240-volt connection, that jumps up to a full charge in about 7 hours. With DC fast charging, you get up to 100 miles worth of range in 30 minutes.

The battery and electric components come with an impressive 8 year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Standard Features & Options

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV is available in two trim levels; 1LT and 2LT. They’re mechanically identical with the same performance and range numbers.

The base 1LT ($31,995) comes with the Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver assistance technologies, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning, following distance indicator, IntelliBeam, and front pedestrian braking. Other standard features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, a 10.2-inch infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch reconfigurable color gauge cluster, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a Regen on Demand paddle, and a one-pedal driving system.

We don’t have many details as of this writing for the 2LT ($35,195) model, but we do know of a few options that will be available equipment on the Bolt. We can’t confirm which will be individual options and which will be bundled with the 2LT trim. A few of those options include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and additional safety tech features like rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Another option for the 2022 Bolt EV is a new dual-level charging cord. It can be used in a standard 120-volt outlet, and it can convert to a 240-volt outlet for level 2 charging without requiring a second cord.

Safety

As of this writing, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV has not been crash-tested by the IIHS nor the NHTSA. However, the previous generation of the Bolt scored very well in crash-testing and earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.

The Bolt EV’s standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning, following distance indicator, IntelliBeam, and front pedestrian braking. Available safety features on top of that include a surround-view camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Behind the Wheel

As of this writing, we have not had a chance to drive the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EV quite yet. We’ll update this part of the review as soon as we do. What we do know is that the interior is a little roomier and has a bit more of a premium look and feel than the first-generation Bolt. There are more soft-touch materials throughout the interior, and the design looks premium and high-tech.

We expect the driving experience to be similar to the smooth, quiet, and peppy ride that we’ve gotten used to in the Bolt.

Other Cars to Consider

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV — An all-new Chevrolet Bolt EUV was unveiled alongside the new Bolt EV as a more utilitarian alternative. It’s a mechanically similar EV with the proportions of an SUV, more available tech like Super Cruise, and an estimated range of 250 miles.

2022 Nissan Leaf — The Nissan Leaf is more affordable than the Bolt EV in its base trim, but it only gets a range of 149 miles. Upgrading to the Leaf Plus upgrades the range to up to 226 miles, making it a closer competitor to the Bolt EV.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Electric — The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is an efficient small EV with a 133 MPGe rating, but its range of 170 miles falls short of the Bolt EV. Prices for the two are pretty similar.

2022 Toyota Prius Prime — The Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid version of the popular Prius compact hatchback. The all-electric range is only 25 miles, but it’s super efficient with an outstanding 133 MPGe rating and gets 54 combined mpg after the battery dies.

Used Tesla Model 3 — The Tesla Model 3 has only been around for a few years, but used examples can already be had at attractive prices. It has a nice, high-tech interior, excellent performance, and even better range than the Bolt when properly equipped.

Used BMW i3 — The BMW i3 is quite a bit smaller than the Chevy Bolt EV. However, it’s very quirky and still looks futuristic years after its debut. It’s available as an EV or a PHEV, and you might be surprised by how affordable used models are.

Autotrader’s Advice

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV looks to be a compelling update compared to the first-generation car it’s replacing. The performance or range specs haven’t changed, but welcome improvements have arrived for the interior along with some new tech features like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver assistance tech.

Our favorite improvement is the rather drastic price cut for the base model, which puts it more within reach for a wider range of drivers. Find a Chevrolet Bolt EV for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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