The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the new 2022 “EUV” version of the Chevy Bolt will travel an average of 247 miles on a full battery pack – three miles less than the estimate General Motors gave when the vehicle was announced in February. The updated version of the existing Bolt, meanwhile, will top 259 miles, which is exactly what GM predicted.
The EUV (which stands for “electric commercial vehicle”) is basically a bolt with a more traditional compact SUV shape. It is about six inches longer and a little roomier than the standard Bolt, and as such it weighs nearly 100 pounds more. It’s not surprising that it can do fewer miles on the same 65kWh battery, but it’s helpful to finally have an EPA rating to compare it to the competition.
Those ratings are for combined city and highway driving. The EPA says owners can expect to get a little more out of each new vehicle when they limit themselves to city driving (about 267 miles for the EUV and 280 miles for the normal Bolt), while being more demanding on the highway let the battery drain faster (about 223 kilometers). miles for the EUV and 233 miles for the regular Bolt).
The Bolt was one of the first true long-haul options in the EV market that wasn’t made by Tesla. And while it is disappointing that GM was unable to leverage some of the technology it is developing for its upcoming Ultium series battery packs (which include many more capable EVs like the Silverado electric pickup or the pair of Hummers electric pickups). will power), the new Bolts provide more than enough range for most people’s everyday driving needs at a more tasty price.
The bigger question with these new bolts is the reliability of their battery packs. GM recently had to file a recall in response to a handful of reports of battery pack fires, as did Hyundai, which used the same LG Chem batteries in its Kona EVs. The Detroit automaker’s repair involves installing additional software to check for battery pack anomalies, and it told The edge that this software would be installed on all new bolts that advance.