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The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV: A Low-Cost Introduction to Electric Driving

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is a case study of price vs value. While its starting price of $31,995 may seem high for a 4-door hatchback, its many benefits – including revolutionary fuel economy – add up to ongoing savings. Plus, when you take a closer look at this upcoming electric vehicle, there’s no denying that it’s the best-engineered vehicle Chevy has to offer, while unexpectedly rich luxury and tech features easily seal the deal. Read on for a breakdown of what to expect from the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, including top features and everyday benefits, then find out how to get your hands on this innovative, redesigned vehicle as soon as you can.

Fuel Economy

This is what we came for. While you can’t deny the ongoing environmental benefits of switching to electric, including reducing fuel consumption and eliminating gas-based emissions, the personal savings of going electric are also hard to ignore. While the 2022 Bolt EV hasn’t undergone EPA testing yet – the resource for official fuel economy and driving range ratings – Chevy’s own fuel economy testing estimates that the 2022 Bolt EV has a maximum driving range of 259 miles. That’s several hours of highway driving without even having to think about recharging your Bolt’s electric battery.

So do you actually save money when you fuel up at a battery charge station vs pumping up at a gas station? Technically, there’s little positive difference, but you can definitely save money by using the provided charge equipment to fuel up your vehicle’s battery at home. Set it up overnight, and you’ll be ready for hours and hours of driving the next day. Even if the fast charging speeds at a charging station do seem alluring, more money-conscious Bolt EV drivers can take advantage of the home setup equipment. Even better, the average electric vehicle’s driving range exceeds most gas-powered vehicles, meaning that even when gas prices are low and you only fuel with basic unleaded, you spend money more often making frequent trips to the pump.

But that’s just the beginning of the savings when you drive electric. Tax incentives, great resale value when you eventually upgrade, and other savings make it cheaper for many Americans to make the switch. If you’re still unsure and would like to do your own comparison, the US Department of Energy has a cost comparison tool on its website. Just enter your region, driving habits, and even specific vehicle models on your shopping list to get a fuel cost estimate.

Best of all, the new 2022 edition of the Bolt EV is actually priced lower than the currently available 2021 edition. If you’re anxious to get your hands on an affordable, American-made electric vehicle, you may spring for the 2021 Bolt EV, but delay your purchase until the 2022 edition hits the market, and you’ll save even more. Plus, as electric vehicles gain popularity, experts are predicting that the costs of electric vehicle equipment and charging will go down accordingly.

A closeup shows the rear badging on a silver 2022 Chevy Bolt EV.

What to Expect

There’s more to the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV than great fuel economy. Start with its redesigned exterior, which is sleek and contemporary while maintaining classic Chevy looks. It seems that some drivers were hesitant to make the dramatic switch to the 2020 edition’s futuristic smart car design, and Chevy responding accordingly. The cabin is more comfortable and tech-enhanced, too. Notable features in the 5-seater cabin include ergonomic seating with comfortable, stylish upholstery and a state-of-the-art 10.2-inch infotainment device in the center console.

As for performance, there’s even more to love. The electric motor delivers up to 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is excellent for any small hatchback. Driving the new Bolt EV is quite revolutionary, and its reinvented pedal system actually improves both driving performance and fuel economy at the same time. Chevy has introduced One Pedal Driving in the new Bolt EV, an optional mode in which drivers can use the accelerator pedal for both driving and braking. Simply lift your foot off the pedal to slow down rather than coast. Press the pedal to accelerate as usual, and feel the surprising power behind Chevy’s unique BEV2 electric engine.

Meanwhile, surprising features like a push-button gear shifter and optional wireless charging stations add a touch of high-tech to this innovative vehicle. Take advantage of Chevy Safety Assist features for a smooth driving experience and total peace of mind. You get amazing tech like Automatic Emergency Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, and other Active Safety Technology.

Upgrade your Bolt EV to the 2LT trim for less than 5K to get superior luxury features like leather-appointed seats designed for optimal comfort and elegance. You also get an HD Surround Vision camera and even more safety features like Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone and Rear Park Assist. It’s everything you’d expect from a 2022 vehicle and more. Ultimately, Chevy has designed their new Bolt to offer ultimate comfort and driving technology, so your vehicle may rely on electric power but compromises nothing in order to stay eco-friendly.

The black interior and dashboard in a 2022 Chevy Bolt EV are shown.

Even More Amenities to Love

In fact, the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV isn’t just economical. Chevy has rebranded this vehicle to represent the future of driving. Look to this vehicle for features that go beyond the expected, including a data-driven driver information center that acts as your gateway to driving statistics, performance ratings, real-time feedback, and more. You can monitor your battery’s energy levels and get information that can help you maximize efficiency, then cycle through different driver display screens like tabs on a web browser – each of which has plenty of data to share. It’s easy to cycle through screens, and separating displays keeps each display clean and well-organized.

Regen on Demand is Chevy’s name for an innovative system that helps you conserve energy and prolong your battery’s life. A simple paddle inside the cockpit can offer even more fuel economy and an even better value out of the Bolt EV. At certain times, you can pull and hold this paddle to automatically restore energy, so you can not only conserve power but extend the Bolt EV’s driving range. If you feel you may need a recharge soon, Chevy will stream info directly to your smartphone to help you find the nearest charging station and calculate the most fuel-efficient route to get you there.

General Motors, Chevy’s parent company, has announced plans to transition to an all-electric future, all without compromising the power and performance that Chevy fans love. While Chevy’s options are limited at the time, the 2022 Bolt EV is their well-rounded, practical car that, thanks to its very low price, is an excellent entry point to the electric lifestyle. The time is now to make the switch, and with such an appealing entry point, many who have never considered the benefits of going electric may decide to make the change and never look back.

Get Your Own

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV may not be available at your local Chevy dealer for some time – likely summer of 2021 – and reservations aren’t available at the time of this publication. However, you can follow your local dealer’s website to get notified as soon as it rolls in. We know that waiting for the vehicle you want to come out can be challenging, but the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is going to be worth the wait.