The Chevrolet Bolt EV, for those who observed it in any respect earlier than, was a homely little electrical hatchback. Neither right here nor there, actually—only a generically styled, Chevy-badged tall hatch. In different phrases, inoffensive automotive wallpaper. Appears had been by no means the purpose as a result of the Bolt delivered the place it counts for EV clients: It was the primary actually inexpensive “long-range” electrical automobile, and it beat Tesla’s long-promised inexpensive Mannequin 3 sedan to market. We named the spectacular 238-mile Bolt EV our 2017 Automobile of the Yr, and the sport was presupposed to be completed modified by this pioneering Chevy.

Shock! The Bolt made a bit of hoo-rah go-America impression, for certain, earlier than being instantly overshadowed by Tesla’s Mannequin 3, which arrived in the end with extra vary, an even bigger price ticket, and decidedly not-homely appears. The Mannequin 3 did not win our Automobile of the Yr award when it competed for the title the next 12 months, in 2018, nevertheless it was a finalist. And it clearly had extra enchantment than the Bolt, as consumers have flocked to the Tesla in droves. So, clearly this closely revised 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV would proper the unique’s wrongs …

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV: There is a “However”

Chances are you’ll not have learn any of the phrases above, and as an alternative had been gazing confusedly on the pictures of—yep, that is it—the 2022 Bolt EV. Allow us to be frank: We agree. The Bolt EV’s sharper-edged styling is actually extra extroverted, however that is probably not such an amazing factor. Largely, it is as a result of the Bolt’s primary physique construction carries over unchanged, so all these funky new stampings and odd black-plastic eyeshadow is utilized to the identical chubby, vaguely egg-shaped canvas as earlier than. We’ll cease wanting calling the consequence ugly, and depart it at a missed alternative.

The styling is a whiff as a result of the Bolt EV continues to nail the fundamentals, now much more so for 2022. This comes even because it sees its enchantment chipped away by one other Chevy, within the type of a taller Bolt EUV crossover alongside the 2022 Bolt hatchback. With clients clamoring for SUVs—each fuel and electrical—it appears the Bolt now faces pressures from its personal home along with from outdoors actors corresponding to Tesla. Anyway, the Bolt’s estimated driving vary per cost is unchanged from final 12 months and stays a powerful 259 miles. Its electrical motor is juiced by a 65-kWh lithium-ion battery pack embedded within the Bolt’s flooring (therefore the tallish-appearing physique—the cabin sits atop the battery cells).

This vary determine turns into all of the extra interesting given Chevy managed to chop $5,500 from the Bolt’s beginning value. Beginning at $31,995, the Chevy undercuts the $32,570 entry-level Nissan Leaf, which solely musters 149 miles of vary from its smaller 40-kWh battery; the $34,040 Hyundai Ioniq Electrical, rated at 170 miles; and the $40,265 Kia Niro EV, which comes closest to the Bolt’s vary with a 239-mile estimate. (The Hyundai and Kia pricing is for 2020—2021 figures aren’t out but.) The least-expensive Tesla Mannequin 3 delivers 263 miles of vary (estimated by Tesla—final 12 months’s mannequin was EPA-rated for 250 miles) and prices $37,990.

On the life-with-an-EV entrance, Chevrolet additionally will cowl the “commonplace set up of Degree 2 charging functionality” within the properties of eligible clients who buy or lease a 2022 Bolt. Additionally, a brand new Twin Degree Cost Wire, as Chevy is looking it, is now obtainable on the Bolt. It has a switchable plug setup for rapidly adapting to a 110-volt family outlet or a 240-volt outlet for Degree 2 charging at as much as 7.2 kW. The Twin Degree Cost Wire is definitely able to as much as 11 kW on a Degree 2 charger, however Chevrolet says that requires devoted charging gear. DC fast-charging functionality (included), permits the Bolt to be recharged rapidly; customers can add 100 miles of driving vary in half-hour, in response to Chevy—and the nationwide community of eligible chargers continues increasing.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV: A Higher Bolt

Chevrolet totally warms over the 2022 Bolt’s inside, including a brand new 10.2-inch touchscreen for the dashboard and becoming new pushbutton transmission controls on the middle console the place the earlier mannequin’s shifter lived. The unique Bolt’s steering-wheel paddle for including further regenerative-braking stays. Solely now, there’s a button for sustaining a so-called one-pedal driving mode even after shutting the automobile off and turning it again on; this allows the motive force to successfully convey the Bolt to a halt just by lifting their foot off the accelerator, no touching the brake pedal required.

The seats are redesigned and have contrast-color stitching. They face a dashboard and door panels with a markedly much less downmarket look than the outgoing Bolt’s items. A brand new flat-ish-bottom steering wheel wears darker trim, as does the remainder of the Bolt’s inside. There’s additionally a sleek-looking new black Chevy bowtie brand.

Beneath the curious styling, contemporary cabin, and different enhancements, the Bolt EV is mechanically the identical as earlier than, proper all the way down to its punchy 200-hp electrical motor powering the entrance wheels.