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Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 – Profile

  • Auto123 tests the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
  • The new generation of the little electric Bolt had a very painful birth.
  • In particular, remember that a massive recall campaign dampened enthusiasm for the electric car for several months.

The last time this electric city car ended up in my garage, the pandemic had just been triggered.

A year and a few months later, in the fall of 2021, another test drive of the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV was on my schedule. But little did I know that a massive recall would hit every Bolt EV built since 2017.

Result: my planned test drive of the new Bolt would have to wait another year! Here we are at last in this revised Bolt EV review for 2022.

This major recall campaign clearly undermined the short-term goals of bowtie maker Chevrolet, which even lowered the entry price of its most affordable electric car.

With government discounts in place (provincial and federal), the Bolt EV is suddenly a decidedly more interesting car… for Mr.-Ladies-everyone’s wallet, let’s say.

Our new encounter with the Bolt EV (model year 2022) took place in the dry, early October, when the temperature dropped considerably. This fall encounter with the Bolt EV was also an opportunity for me to test out my new personal charging station installed a few weeks earlier. The renovations at home led me to install the famous terminal, if only to get to know the reality of electromobilists on a daily basis. The public terminal 1 km from the house is good, but it is more practical to have one at home.

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV - Rear

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV – Rear

New design, same silhouette

From a personal point of view, I have no hesitation in saying that the new Bolt EV is more attractive with its intricately designed headlamps and that massive panel in front of the usual bumper-level opening. Even the new position lights are prettier. As for the Ice Blue Metallic body color (which forces the consumer to squeeze an extra $495 out of their pocket), let’s just say it catches the eye of passersby.

But overall, the revised Bolt EV retains its narrow city car shape, a look that certainly doesn’t suit everyone.

Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 - Interior

Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 – Interior

A slightly revised cabin

The dashboard has changed its appearance for this mid-term redesign. The shape is similar, but the air conditioning knobs have changed: now they are all aligned, like a piano keyboard. This new arrangement is more elegant, but forces the driver to take their eyes off the road to choose the right control. As the weeks go by, luckily, this detail will be forgotten.

The central display is very easy to use in everyday life. Menus are easy to find and graphics are clear. Occasionally, the physical buttons on the left side of the screen are confusing, but as a general rule, the Bolt EV’s infotainment system is straightforward, and that’s a good thing!

Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 - Logo

Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022 – Logo

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, despite its partial redesign, hasn’t changed much. The taller-than-wide body means space isn’t the most generous on board. On the other hand, the height of the roof leaves plenty of room for taller passengers. Unsurprisingly, it’s a little tighter in the second row, although the flat floor doesn’t penalize those who sit in the center of the seat.

If it is clear that the trunk is that of a compact car, it should still be mentioned that the removable floor can hide valuables and this “hide” is surprisingly large.

Unfortunately, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find the added comfort aboard this revamped Bolt. The seats are too short and the seat and back are too hard. I should also mention that the car’s suspension is a bit firm, which affects the car’s recovery on a weather-worn road.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV - Wheel

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV – Wheel

Fun driving the Bolt?

Needless to say, the Bolt EV wasn’t developed for the same reasons that led engineers to develop a Corvette. The Bolt is an ideal city car with its slightly higher driving position, exemplary visibility and tight turning radius. The very light steering is a plus in urban driving, but on the highway at higher speeds the car isn’t as reassuring precisely because of that very vague steering. Fortunately, the lower center of gravity literally pins the car to the ground.

With 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, the Bolt is no turtle when it comes to acceleration, but we’re not talking drag-track champion either. However, when deactivating traction control, it is possible to turn the front drive wheels a little forcing. In addition, the sharply approached corners put the car in an understeer situation. Therefore, it is necessary to measure the pressure on the right pedal when the road twists like spaghetti.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV - Dashboard

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV – Dashboard

One-pedal driving is entirely possible and that energy recovery lever placed on the left side of the steering wheel is another special feature of the Bolt that I like. The only problem with this story is that the Bolt is no longer the most fun car in the class; never been and we bet your users don’t care!

The Bolt’s engine delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, enough numbers for the Bolt’s vocation. We’ll have to wait for the Chevrolet Equinox EV and Blazer EV to be entitled to more throttle bite.

417 kilometers?
The mercury started to drop during this week of testing, a condition that deprived me of full theoretical autonomy, the Bolt EV which showed a possible distance of 394 km after a night connected to my new charging station. It’s not as high as the 417 km promised by the manufacturer, but let’s say that almost 400 km on board one of the most affordable electric cars on the market is already quite an achievement.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV - Steering Wheel

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV – Steering Wheel

the final word
No matter what happens to the Bolt EV/Bolt EUV set in a few years, we can never denigrate its importance in General Motors electrical history. It is true that the mass recall is still in the collective imagination, but the manufacturer has taken the time to repair the vast majority of copies on our roads. And while the best is yet to come with the Ultium platform, the Bolt EV has contributed in its own way to this popular acceptance of the electric movement.

The Bolt EV isn’t a perfect car in some ways, but with its “reasonable” price tag these days, it’s at least worth considering… if electric mode appeals to you, of course. 🇧🇷

We love

The price (!)
The infotainment system
Agility in the city

we love less

seat comfort
The firmness of the suspension
Driving a little light in sport driving

The main competition

Ford Mustang Mach-E
Hyundai Ioniq 5 / Kona Electric
Kia EV6 / Niro EV / Soul EV
Mazda MX-30
Mini Cooper SE
Nissan Leaf

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV - trunk

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV – trunk

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