General Motors unveils plans for all-electronic Chevy Bolt EUV and the redesign of Bolt EV

General Motors recently announced plans for its all-electronic Chevy Bolt EUV, another giant stride towards developing zero-emission vehicles.

The Detroit-based automaker on Sunday unveiled the plans of its new all-electric Chevy Bolt Electric Utility Vehicle or EUV. It also announced the redesign of its Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle. The new EUV is designed to give proper expression to the Chevy Bolt in a more SUV-like proportion.

The cars are the first set from Chevrolet designed with GM’s hands-free Super Cruise semi-autonomous highway driving system. The system uses facial recognition to tell whether or not a driver is focusing to determine if there would be any need for them to handle the steering wheel while the system is operational.

Also, Super Cruise is limited to slightly above 200,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. These highways must have been lidar-mapped to work with the onboard system of cameras, sensors, and radars.

The 2022 model Bolt EUV will start at $33,995. It is about 6 inches longer than the Bolt EV with a “modern, muscular design and a roomier interior and ample rear legroom.” It also features a “distinctive front-end with a sculpted grille,” a sleek interior, and standard LED headlamps, according to GM executives.

The redesigned 2022 Bolt EV model will start at $31,995. The price is about $5,000 lower than the 2021 model, which starts at nearly $37,000 due to the fall in the battery technology. The 2022 Bolt EV model includes several design updates and features such as a better bumper cover, interior seats that are “more comfortable with a triangular geometric pattern and contrast color stitching providing a more upscale look and feel,” said executive chief engineer for the new Bolt EV and EUV, Jesse Ortega.

Both the Bolt EUV and EV feature a 10.2-inch-diagonal infotainment color touchscreen, as well as integrated climate controls for “clean” and “intuitive interfaces.”

“Since 2017, we have sold more than 100,000 Bolt EVs globally, and our owners have accumulated more than 1.2 billion miles of EV travel,” said Chevy vice president of marketing, Steven Majoros. “Bolt EV has helped make Chevrolet the number two selling EV brands and current Bolt EV sales were up 26% in 2020.”

The new Bolt EV has a range of 259 miles when fully charged while the Bolt EUV has a range of 250 miles on full charge. Through the new features, drivers can view their current charging status, customize their charge settings, and put up charge notifications through the myChevrolet Mobile App.

The new and revamped models are part of GM’s plan to launch 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025. The refurbished Bolt EV model was scheduled to be unveiled last year but faced a few delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to put everyone in an EV and the new Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV are crucial to doing so,” GM President Mark Ruess said in a statement.

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