Chevrolet offered a sneak peek of its upcoming refreshed Bolt EV and new Bolt EUV during the virtual GM Fleet Solutions Summit. The Bolt EUV will be the first Chevrolet vehicle to feature Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway. Both vehicles will go into production in summer 2021.
Details on the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV from Edmunds Below:
- Small changes to standard and optional equipment
- Gains 21 miles in range, with an EPA estimate of 259 miles
- New, higher-definition rearview and surround-view cameras
- Part of the first Bolt generation introduced for 2017
Pros & Cons
- Impressive 259 miles of range
- Cabin is spacious
- Quick acceleration and nimble handling for an EV
- Nationwide availability
- Interior looks and feels cheaper than most
- Front seats are narrow and lack cushion depth
- Ride comfort loses its polish on rougher roads
- Touchscreen has no built-in navigation maps
The Chevrolet Bolt is an excellent example of the strengths of an electric vehicle platform. It’s quick and quiet and, of course, it creates no air pollution as it cruises along. What’s more, the Bolt has surprising interior space for a vehicle that looks small from the outside. And for the 2020 model year, Chevrolet updated the Bolt’s battery pack, increasing its capacity without changing its size. The result is an increase in total range to an impressive 259 miles.
So, that’s the good news. But there are a few things we wish Chevy would have addressed for 2020 but didn’t. The touchscreen can be a little slow to respond to your inputs, and the cabin has a low-rent look and feel to it. Front-seat comfort is also lacking. We do like the high-definition cameras that Chevy added to 2020 models, but there is still no adaptive cruise control available.
A few rival EVs are a more complete package. The Tesla Model 3, for instance, provides a sportier and more premium driving experience, and the new Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV offer similar range at a lower price. Overall, the Bolt is a very good electric vehicle and worth checking out. We just wish it went one extra mile.
Notably, we picked the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV as one of Edmunds’ Cheapest Electric Cars for 2020