Chevrolet Bolt EUV and EV – It’s a Small World After All
In launching the Bolt EUV and EV, leave it up to Chevrolet and Disney’s Imagineers to spin a pretty good tale. Nick Cho, the creator of TikTok, better known as YourKoreanDad, was the host of their launch video.
Cho gleefully tells us Chevrolet is debuting Super Cruise for the first (it is already available on some Cadillacs), what it claims is the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for compatible roads. I assume compatible roads are going to be like those shown at Disney World, with all the Bolt EUVs heading in the same direction, evenly spaced, without any cross-traffic. The only ride more hands-free than Super Cruise is Disneyland’s Autopia.
Especially useful is the energy feature on the myChevrolet app, to let you know that the next charging station is going to be just beyond the estimated 250-mile range the automaker was able to achieve with this platform, what they see as more than sufficient for daily driving. A friend who lives in Michigan noted about EVs in general, “250-mile range, 300-mile round trip to my cabin, wonder how far I’d be walking in freezing weather?”
As Dalya Aboona, Chevrolet’s EV charging specialist said, “The app will take into consideration the weather and driving terrain, to help give you an accurate estimation of your range, and the time you’d arrive at your destination.”
Range anxiety, a term I just learned, is what you experience as you creep ever-closer to the range limit. This, we’re told, will miraculously vanish, as Chevrolet builds more fast chargers. That, and when you become accustomed to the EV equivalent of NASCAR’s splash and go, sucking up just enough volts to make the light go green, sending you on your way again. Why we are less concerned about running out of gas? Could it be because AAA doesn’t list electricity as a roadside assist that they can provide?
The Star Wars analogy has an X-Wing fighter pulling alongside, and the EUV driver hitting the Sport mode button, instantly propelling them into hyperspace. More hyperbole, but the Bolt EUV is getting some of the styling cues from their SUV line, and with a flat floor, there’s more legroom than in vehicles with a driveline tunnel.
A permanent magnetic drive, 200-horsepower motor with 266 lb-ft of torque is under the hood. One-pedal driving that doesn’t require you to apply the brakes means the car is thinking for you, even though there’s a disclaimer that said to use the brake pedal when you need to stop urgently. This requires you to make a split-second decision to brake or not if your EUV hasn’t. Regen on Demand stores energy when you come to stop, although to what extent wasn’t made clear.
Available this summer, the 2022 Bolt EUV starts at $33,995, and the EV is priced at $31,995. Chevrolet will also pay for the installation of level two charging with the purchase of either vehicle.