Both the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV have the same powertrain, which consists of the same electric propulsion system Chevrolet used in the 2021 Bolt EV model. A 947-lb., 65 kWh battery pack supplies the electricity needed for the 200-hp electric motor that drives the front wheels. The motor produces 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Neither model features the new Ultium battery technology GM says it will use in future EV products, such as the Hummer EV. Ortega said Chevrolet did not have plans to use Ultium on Bolt models in the future. Similar to the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro EVs, all-wheel drive is not available on the two Bolts, which is odd given customers’ expectation that AWD will, at the very least, be available on an SUV. Given the upcoming competition, we think it’s a missed opportunity.
EPA range estimates are not yet available, but Chevrolet estimates that the Bolt EV can travel 259 miles on a fully charged battery, and Bolt EUV—which, at 3,679 lbs., is 90 lbs. heavier than the hatchback—can go 250 miles on a full charge. Chevrolet says both models gain 4 miles of range per hour of charging on a 110-volt Level 1 charger, and that both models can be fully charged in about 7 hours using a 240-volt Level 2 charger. Both models come with a charging cable that can handle both Level 1 and Level 2 charging. DC fast charging capability is also standard on both models, and Chevrolet says 30 minutes of DC charging will add 100 miles of range for the Bolt EV, and 95 miles for the Bolt EUV.
Chevrolet is offering an optional package that allows users to check charging status and battery charge level remotely. A mobile app—myChevrolet—can be used to find charging stations along travel routes.