Electric vehicles are all the rage these days. Now car manufacturers are building larger electric vehicles that make sense for growing families constantly on the go. Both Ford and Chevy recently released their first electric compact SUVs, and both are quite impressive. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a sleek exterior design, and that same Mustang performance Ford owners have come to love. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is exciting as it’s the first release of hands-free driving assistance technology for the bowtie brand. It’s time to see who has the best electric SUV and compare the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E vs 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.
Surprising Levels of Performance
With electric cars, performance is one of the most important things to consider. Does it drive like a gasoline car? What’s the mileage range? How does it charge? These are all valid questions. Both the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and 2022 Bolt EUV have impressive stats in these areas. Ultimately, an electric car’s performance will determine how easy it is to transition to electric car driving. How do the 2021 Ford Mach-E and 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV perform?
Mileage range is always a hot question with prospective electric car buyers. You want to be able to drive a fair amount of miles before charging up again like you would for a gasoline car. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV has an estimated 250 miles of range, which allows you to go far without thinking of charging. However, the 2021 Ford Mach-E boasts an estimated 300-mile range with its available extended range battery and rear-wheel drive. That extra 50 miles can make a big difference when you’re on a road trip or busy around town. Regardless, both electric SUVs have ranges that will easily allow for all your daily responsibilities without skipping a beat.
When it’s time to charge your electric SUV, you have several options. There is on-the-go public charging, and both Ford and Chevy have promised to grow the network of public chargers to increase accessibility. However, while both cars can use the same public chargers, Ford goes above and beyond. The FordPass charging network gives 2021 Mach-E drivers two years of complimentary access to over 13,500 public charging stations.
For at-home charging, there are two options available to both cars. Level 1 charging only requires a standard 120V three-prong outlet. However, you can also install a Level 2 charging station for much faster charging. Ford offers a variety of home charging options for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Ford Connected Charging Station uses a 240V outlet for more effective and efficient charging. It’s easy to equip your house with these charging options as many of your household appliances use 240V outlets.
When you’re talking horsepower and Mustang, you will likely have high expectations, and Ford delivers with the Mustang Mach-E. The last thing you want with an electric car is to be sluggish and inefficient. Specifically, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is quite the thriller. With 480 horsepower, 634 lb-ft of torque, and 0-60 mph time of around 3.5 seconds, there’s nothing you can’t do in this electric SUV. It’s hard for anything to compete with those performance stats, and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV falls considerably short at 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. In fact, the Bolt EUV is incapable of hitting speeds much higher than 90 mph. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a high-performance drive in an electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E is your choice.
Hands-Free Driving For The Win
Technology and electric cars are always found together. Not only do you need advanced technology to build and operate an electric car, it still demands the premium and convenience technology we see in every other car. There is no shortage of tech in both the 2021 Mach-E and 2022 Bolt EUV. You will feel way ahead of the times, and that’s because you are!
The most talked-about feature of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is the Super Cruise. It’s Chevy’s first release of a hands-free driver assistance feature on public roads. What this means is you can take your hands off the wheel and truly enjoy the ride. There are over 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the United States and Canada, so you could find yourself using Super Cruise on a daily basis.
However, the Bolt EUV is not alone with this feature. The Mach-E offers a nearly identical hands-free driving feature known as Active Drive Assist. This gives drivers of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E the same hands-free driving experience on compatible highways as the 2022 Bolt EUV. And unlike Chevy, Ford is making Active Drive Assist available on every trim of its electric SUV.
Hands-free driving isn’t the only technology you’ll find in either of these electric cars. In the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, you have the all-new Sync 4A infotainment system displayed on a standard 15.5-inch touchscreen. You get an even more personalized driving experience with voice recognition, cloud-based connectivity, and over-the-air updates that enable even more features in the future. Everything you hear in the Mach-E will also sound crisp with the available Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, and the interior lighting will set the mood you’re feeling.
In the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV, you will only have a 10.2-inch touchscreen running Chevy’s older and non-upgradable infotainment system. There is also no premium sound system option available, even on the top trim. However, the Bolt EUV does have its fair share of connectivity with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a variety of in-vehicle apps available for download. The 4G LTE WiFi capability keeps everyone in the car connected.
Overflowing Safety Features
Advanced safety features are important in any vehicle, but especially an electric vehicle that can drive itself. Both Ford and Chevy have suites of advanced safety features that come standard with their electric vehicles. You can be confident that, along with your safe driving skills, you have an extra layer of protection no matter which model of the Mustang Mach-E or Bolt EUV you choose. There are some differences in features, though, that could help you decide which electric SUV is right for you.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 standard safety features include Auto High-Beam Headlamps, a Lane-Keeping System, Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Reverse Brake Assist. Chevy Safety Assist has a very similar standard offering with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Intellibeam high beam assist, Forward Collision Alert, and a Following Distance Indicator. However, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E actually has an extended amount of standard safety features not offered as standard on the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. These extra standard features like Intersection Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and built-in navigation give a complete experience in the Mach-E.
The Electric Pony Comes Out on Top
Both the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are beyond impressive electric SUVs. The fact that the industry is moving to all-electric SUVs is great news for families and drivers with high demands. Overall, the 2021 Mach-E provides a more premium and exhilarating vehicle filled with sleek design elements and top technology. The Mustang Mach-E does have a higher starting cost than the Bolt EUV, but it qualifies for a federal tax credit that makes the pricing comparable. One thing we know to be true, once you switch to electric driving, you won’t ever switch back. Visit your local Ford or Chevy dealership to learn more about the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.