The Chevy Bolt is undergoing a progress spurt. Common Motors unveiled two new versions of the Bolt on Sunday: an up to date Bolt EV hatchback with longer vary and new high-tech options, and the version new Bolt EUV — essentially a compact SUV — with more legroom room and fewer vary than the Bolt EV.
Due out this summer, the refreshed Bolt EV will sell for $31,995 — or about $5,000 lower than the present Model year Bolt EV. The Bolt EUV (which stands for “electrical utility car”) can even be cheaper, costing $33,995. A limited-edition “Launch” version, with unique wheels, particular badging, and an illuminated cost port, shall be accessible for $43,495. The Bolt EV and EUV were anticipated to enter production on the finish of 2020 but were delayed till this year as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
First introduced in 2016, the Chevy Bolt was meant to be Common Motors’ first stab at a mass-market, purely battery-electric car with 200-plus miles of vary and an inexpensive price tag. but gross sales were anemic because the launch of the Tesla Model 3 in 2018, which has come to dominate the EV market in the US and overseas. The Bolt’s compact hatchback dimension shouldn’t be what most American car consumers are searching for as of late. And a current recall of 2017-2019 Model year Bolts associated to a flawed battery definitely hasn’t helped GM’s picture issues with the EV.
GM HOPES TO LIFT THE BOLT’S FORTUNES WITH THESE TWO NEW VERSIONS
The automaker hopes to elevate the Bolt’s fortunes with these two new versions, but which may be tough given that the expertise that powers the Bolt is shortly becoming out of date. Each the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV shall be built on GM’s BEV2 platform, which is distinct from the new “Ultium” battery pack announced in early 2020. The lately unveiled Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Hummer EV would be the first vehicles to be built on this new structure. GM has said that Ultium’s superior battery chemistry will allow its future electrical vehicles to travel additional on a single cost and re-charge at a sooner fee. but the automaker has no plans to maneuver the Bolt over to the Ultium platform, based on Chevy’s lead engineer.
As a comfort for its approaching irrelevance, each versions of the Bolt will include Super Cruise, the “hands-free” superior driver help system that beforehand has solely been accessible in Cadillac vehicles. The Bolt EV and EUV are the first non-Cadillac vehicles and first electrical vehicles to have Super Cruise.
The worth helps make up for the Bolt’s shortcomings. When it was first introduced 5 years in the past, the automaker was still eligible for the federal authorities’s $7,500 tax credit, which effectively made the Bolt a $30,000 car. but in 2019, GM offered its 200,000th EV in the US, triggering a part out of the tax credit. Not eligible for that incentive, GM determined to stay with the reduced worth for these newest versions, which is encouraging.
GM claims that the Bolt EV’s 65 kWh battery pack will allow 259 miles of vary on a single cost, whereas the marginally heavier Bolt EUV could have 250 miles of vary — basically the identical as the present year Model. The unique 2018 Bolt had 238 miles of vary, but usually bought much less as a result of chilly climate or other exterior elements. Neither vehicles’ vary has but been licensed by US or European regulators.
Chevy can also be including an active thermal management system that makes use of coolant to keep up the battery’s temperature. Late final year, Common Motors was forced to recall over 68,000 Chevy Bolts manufactured between 2017-2019 after a number of battery fires were reported. Federal regulators are investigating and a category motion lawsuit was filed alleging that the Bolt’s battery is “liable to burst into flames.”
THE NEW BOLTS UTILIZE A other BATTERY CHEMISTRY THAT WILL HELP PREVENT FIRES
In keeping with Jesse Ortega, chief engineer at Chevy, the new Bolts make the most of a special battery chemistry that can assist forestall future incidents, the identical chemistry that allowed the automaker to extend the vary from 238 miles to 250 miles.
Each versions of the Bolt include a single-motor drive unit that may ship 200 horsepower due to 150 kW of energy, and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton meters) of torque. Like earlier models, the new Bolts could have regenerative braking and a one-pedal driving mode that’s pretty frequent amongst EVs today.
The Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV share an structure, but their designs are unique. No exterior sheet metallic elements are shared between the 2 vehicles, after some house owners complained about lackluster sheet metallic in earlier versions. The EUV is roughly 6 inches longer and could have about 3 inches of additional rear legroom than the Bolt EV.
The grille has been tweaked, swapping the dual-tone look of the earlier Bolt with a more monochromatic fascia. Chevy is retaining small air flow panel relatively than embrace the utterly flat front-end of other EVs just like the Tesla Model 3.
The Bolt’s inside has all the time been more sensible than inspiring, with hard plastic abound. Now the Bolt EV and EUV’s inside has been redesigned to incorporate more screens and sensors, basically to assist energy Super Cruise’s promise of “hands-free” driving. Chevy has even ripped out the Bolt’s oft-criticized seats and changed them with seats that characteristic a triangular geometric sample and contrasting colour stitching, which the automaker claims is a “premium design that offers a constant and upscale environment.” Not phrases you usually see used to explain a $30,000 car.
the first 10.2-inch infotainment display is still embedded in the dashboard, but is built-in more seamlessly into the middle console than the unique Bolt’s design. The bodily buttons are smoother and fewer chunky. And Chevy swapped out the gear shifter for a sequence of digital buttons to liberate more inside house. There’s additionally a brand new one-pedal driving button that retains the system active between drive cycles.
other new additions embody the sunshine bar in the prime of the steering wheel and the infrared sensor on the steering column. These are elements of GM’s Super Cruise assisted driving system, which makes use of cameras, radar, and mapping information to permit customers to drive hands-free on divided highways. Super Cruise shouldn’t be a self-driving system, in that it still requires drivers to maintain their eyes on the highway and engaged sufficient to have the ability to take over at a second’s discover. Notably, the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will solely include the usual version of Super Cruise, not the improved version that features automated lane-changing.
EV charging in the US is a little bit of a multitude, and whereas Chevy can’t clear up among the more intractable issues, it’s doing what it could possibly to make charging rather less of a headache. A dual-level cost wire is included with the Bolt, which Chevy said will remove the necessity for many individuals to buy a separate charger for his or her residence. The changeable plug permits clients to plug into a regular 120-volt 3-prong outlet for Degree 1 charging and a 240-volt outlet for Degree 2 charging as much as 7.2 kilowatts. Each vehicles are additionally able to 11 kW Degree 2 charging, but separate charging tools is required.
BOLT OWNERS WILL GET FREE INSTALLATION OF A LEVEL 2 HOME CHARGER
As an added perk, anyone who buys or leases a Bolt EUV or Bolt EV will get free set up of a Degree 2 charger of their residence by GM’s partnership with Qmerit, a house charger installer. For charging on the go, GM is partnering with public charging station operator EVgo to incorporate over 80,000 public chargers in the My Chevrolet app.
but charging instances will still be topic to the facility ranges of every individual charger. When plugged into a standard 120-volt system (ie, most residence retailers), the Bolt EV and EUV will solely get 4 miles of vary for each hour of charging. Plugged right into a 240-volt outlet will get the Bolt to a full cost in seven hours. And a DC quick charger will add as much as 100 miles in 30 minutes for each vehicles.
Affordability has all the time been the Bolt’s strongest promoting level, offering an honest dimension battery and sufficient vary for below $35,000. Chevy needed to make sure the Bolt stayed inexpensive even because it added new options, like Super Cruise, or leveled as much as crossover standing, said Steve Majoros, vp of Chevy marketing. Maintaining the worth low will assist spur EV adoption from its present standing of solely 2 p.c of US gross sales to upwards of 15-20 p.c of the general car market, he said.