Chevrolet, as a part of GM, is committed to a new focus on producing Electric Vehicles (EVs) over the next few years. Although there is only one model available right now, there are at least three Chevy EVs currently in development, plus more possibly in early stages that have not yet been mentioned. Official details on some of these models are still scarce, unfortunately, and production has been delayed on some of these vehicles. But, that being said, Chevy remains committed to manufacturing some of the most ambitious and impressive EVs on the road.
At the moment, the Chevy Bolt EV is the only all-electric vehicle available from Chevrolet, though that is set to change pretty soon. The Bolt EV is a fantastic option if you are interested in a Chevy EV, with impressive range and great features inside and out. Since it was first introduced, the Bolt EV has only gotten better each year, and the latest model offers improved range and impressive performance that really illustrates what we can expect from Chevy EVs coming in the future. It is easy to charge, with support for DC Fast Charging where available, and there are two different trims to choose from so you can customize your ride.
The future of Chevy EVs certainly looks bright, however, with a number of developments on the horizon that will really cement Chevy’s place in the auto industry for years to come. A larger Chevy Bolt EUV, or Electric Utility Vehicle, is already in development and scheduled for release later this year. While an all-new midsize EUV model is also in the works, as is an all-electric truck, but these are not expected to become available for several years.
Leading the charge of Chevy EVs is the 2021 Bolt EV, which is the first of the modern electric models available from Chevrolet. This is essentially a subcompact hatchback model, so it is an excellent choice if something small will work well for you, though it is a bit less practical for a large or growing family. That being said, the hatchback design still makes it very functional, and the small size is perfect for going the distance on a full charge.
The first thing we should talk about with the Bolt EV is its electric design, which is excellent. A single electric drive unit is available for the Bolt EV, so you do not have to worry about different options. This unit delivers 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from the motor. It features front-wheel drive, and the battery can go an estimated 259 miles on a full charge, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds.
Standard home charging with a 3-prong outlet will give you about 4 miles of range per hour of charge, so it works well for overnight charging. With an available home charging unit, that gets increased to about 25 miles of range per hour of charge, while the use of a public DC Fast Charging station boosts that up to 100 miles of range on just a 30-minute charge. This sort of flexibility makes it easy to enjoy your Bolt EV and still go wherever you need.
Although interior features can depend on the trim you choose, the Premier includes perforated, leather-trimmed heated front passenger and driver seats. The rear seats are also heated, and the Bolt EV Premier includes a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with mounted controls. You get more than 40 inches of front-seat legroom, with nearly 37 inches of rear legroom available. Despite its small size, the Bolt EV gives you more than 95 cu.ft. of total passenger space, with nearly 17 cu.ft. of trunk volume and a rear hatchback that makes it easy to access.
You would expect great technology inside an EV model, and the Bolt EV certainly delivers on that. It features a 10-inch central Infotainment display along with an 8-inch digital driver information display. The Bolt EV has programmable charging and location-based charging, so you can set a delay for charging time or set a home charging schedule to utilize off-peak electricity rate times. It also features remote keyless entry and remote start, as well as an available rear camera mirror, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system, and wireless charging pad.
Although GM is committed to developing more than a dozen electric vehicles over the next few years across all of its companies, Chevy EVs are definitely a big part of that. In addition to the Bolt EV and its EUV variant, there are at least two more models in development at Chevrolet that will be part of their electric future. One that has a lot of people excited is a midsize EUV that has been teased but has not yet been officially announced in terms of features or overall design. It is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of the current Chevy Equinox in terms of size, and most sources expect it to hit the road by 2022.
Perhaps the most exciting EV in development at Chevy, however, is an all-electric pickup that has been talked about among industry insiders. This should come as no surprise since Tesla announced the Cybertruck, and Ford is openly working on an electric version of the popular F-150, so Chevy has to keep up. It is still a way out, however, and is expected to be in production by 2025 but might not be released until the following year. Most insiders predict it will be a full-size pickup to compete with the Cybertruck and eF-150, and could utilize some of the battery technology being released with the all-new Hummer EV.
Beyond that, there are no other official Chevy EVs that have been announced or openly discussed by people inside Chevrolet. That being said, it is hard to imagine there are not more vehicles at least being considered for development, especially when looking at what Chevy’s competitors are doing. A larger car, like an EV Impala, could certainly be popular, and the potential for an all-electric Corvette or Camaro is enough to get our hearts racing.
Although we certainly love the current Chevy Bolt EV, we are particularly excited about the upcoming Bolt EUV that has been announced. We do not yet have a ton of details about the Bolt EUV, but we have enough to go on that we know it will be a great model. For starters, it is being built on the same platform as the standard Bolt EV – much like many crossover SUV models that are built on car platforms. This is a big part of why the development of the Bolt EUV has been quite fast and how they are able to get it out this year.
From what we have seen, the Bolt EUV shares a certain amount of design similarities with the Bolt EV, but it is clearly taller and a bit larger overall. This means it will likely be a compact or subcompact crossover in terms of size, and that will make it a great option for anyone with a family that still wants the performance and reliability of an EV model. It has a sleek, impressive exterior design, from what we have seen, that should be very popular.
Perhaps most exciting of all, the Bolt EUV will be the first Chevy model available with GM’s new Super Cruise technology, which has so far only been available on select Cadillac models. Super Cruise is GM’s semi-autonomous driving system, which allows for hands-free driving and lane changing on a growing number of roads throughout the country. Super Cruise looks very impressive and makes driving much more relaxing, so we are excited to see it become available on more vehicles, particularly Chevy EVs.