Refreshed Chevy Bolt EV Coming Late 2020, Bolt Electric Crossover Mid-2021
6 March 2020 - motor1
The Bolt crossover will be available with Super Cruise.
General Motors has some major announcements today about the automaker's future EVs, and the company's electric vehicle renaissance takes a big step forward when the brand introduces a refreshed Chevrolet Bolt in late 2020. In addition, there's a Bolt EUV electric crossover (rendered above) on the way in the summer of 2021.
The Bolt EUV will also be special because it'll be the first vehicle outside of Cadillac to be available with the Super Cruise advanced adaptive cruise control system. This tech will then expand to 10 vehicles in 2021 and 22 by 2023.
Motor1.com had people at GM's big EV event, and they are able to get a look at the new Bolt and the Bolt EUV. Unfortunately, the automaker didn't allow photos. The impressions from the folks who saw it indicated both models share a new front that had a little resemblance to the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E. The models also share a cabin that includes a push-button gearshift, new seats, and lots of soft-touch materials, including a padded dashboard with leather-like material covering it. The Bolt EUV's major differentiating factors are a three-inch longer wheelbase and being five inches longer overall.
The new Bolt models won't get GM's newly announced Ultium battery technology, but the rest of the future EVs will. The units will support capacities from 50 kilowatt-hours to 200 kWh, and they will be capable of Level 2 and DC fast charging. This will allow for an estimated range up to 400 miles (644 kilometers). The standard version will have a 400-volt battery pack and up to 200 kW fast-charging capability, but the version for the truck platform will be 800 volts and support 350 kW charging.
The battery packs will feature pouch-like cells that engineers will be able to stack vertically or horizontally within the pack. This will allow for a modular layout that will the engineers to tailor the setup for each product.