But buyers will have to accept less range to get the crossover styling.
At $31,995, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the least expensive electric vehicles on sale today. Some buyers need more space though, which is why the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV joins the bolt family with pseudo-SUV practicality. This larger Bolt variant costs a bit more ($33,995), but adds a higher ride height, more passenger space, increased cargo volume, more rugged styling, and an available panoramic roof. A drawback of having a bit more space, the Bolt EUV yields a shorter driving range than its Bolt EV counterpart.
Chevrolet only provided rough range estimates at launch, but the official EPA figures are now available. As with last year's model, the 2022 Bolt EV travels 259 miles on a charge with a combined 120 MPGe rating. The Bolt EUV officially rings in with a 247-mile driving range and 115 MPGe combined.
The 12-mile range difference isn't too extreme, and we doubt too many shoppers will shun the Bolt EUV over it. With ratings of 125/104/115 MPGe city/highway/combined, the 2022 Bolt EUV isn't too far off the outgoing 2021 Bolt, which achieved 127/108/118 MPGe. Though the range hasn't increased for 2022, the latest Bolt EV manages improved efficiency over the previous 2021 model with 131/109/120 MPGe. Both Bolt models still manage better efficiency and longer range than the Nissan Leaf Plus, which is also a smaller vehicle.
The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV boast longer ranges than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which only travels 230 miles in base rear-wheel-drive guise. Chevy has the advantage on price, though General Motors no longer qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit. With the credit included, Mach-E's $42,895 base price effectively becomes $35,395, making it a much closer competitor with the Bolts. Though the Bolt had a head start, with an available larger battery boasting a 300-mile range and an all-wheel-drive option, the Mach-E may appeal to more buyers today.