What Do Owners Want to See from the Rumored Chevy Bolt EUV
Jun 27 2019 Steve Birkett
Chevy Bolt EUV render
What Do Owners Want to See from the Rumored Chevy Bolt EUV
General Motors recently trademarked the term “Bolt EUV,” leading to much
speculation about a new electric model. As excitement builds for new EVs
from GM, what do we hope to see from the rumored Chevy Bolt EUV?
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that General Motors had filed a
trademark application for the term “Bolt EUV.” Naturally, this fueled
speculation that a new model was in the works, based on the existing Chevy
Bolt EV’s BEV2 platform.
Because of the term's similarity with the well-known vehicle categories SUV
and CUV, the industry immediately jumped to the conclusion that EUV stands
for Electric Utility Vehicle. Basically, the Bolt EV in a larger form factor
and, possibly, a bigger battery pack.
While this speculation isn’t unfounded, it remains just that: best guesses
based on current models and other announcements from GM.
Subsequent spy shots of a camo-clad electric car with many similarities to
the Bolt EV stoked the rumor mill once again last month. Against that
backdrop, why not join the party and let’s take a look at what current GM
electric drivers would like to see from the mooted Chevy Bolt EUV.
An electric Chevy crossover thought to be called a Bolt EUV has been
spotted testing ahead of a launch in 2020. Source: Motor Authority
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What Would Current Owners Like to See?
Owners of the Chevy Bolt EV are generally pleased with their vehicle.
Naturally, there are always small improvements to be made, but the
fundamentals of an efficient drivetrain, satisfying performance, and an
enjoyable electric ride are in place already.
When it comes to a new model, however, the visions of what might follow
become a little more ambitious.
Freed from the shackles of critiquing an existing car that they enjoy,
owners can project their personal wish list for GM’s future electric fleet
onto the potential Chevy Bolt EUV.
Here’s a selection of comments from Bolt fans and forums on what the Bolt
EUV could offer in some key areas.
Driver Aids and Comfort
From a source connected to the GM electric vehicle engineering team:
“I’ve heard rumors that ACC is coming soon, but Super Cruise is unlikely to
arrive before 2023 when the BEV3 platform debuts.”
While we don’t expect great luxury from the Chevrolet brand, more modern
creature comforts could make all the difference compared to the current
interior, which some describe as cheap and “like a rental car.”
One potential buyer went so far as to say the lack of Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) and “extremely limited Lane Keep Assist on the Bolt EV”
stopped him from buying the current model outright.
With others saying the same about the vehicle’s seats and infotainment
system, it would make sense for GM to take this opportunity to make the
Chevy Bolt EUV more amenable to drivers who need these features.
As several commenters point out, “the Chevy Volt had ACC for years, so why
can’t the Bolt?” ...
"As big as the Chevy Equinox but with a Blazer nose," is one reaction that
seems to resonate with Bolt EV drivers when the (admittedly heavily
camouflaged) spy shots emerged.
Not everyone believes that the vehicle under all that camo was the Chevy
Bolt EUV, but it’s not unreasonable to think that the styling will follow
Chevrolet’s larger gas SUV models like the Equinox and the Trax.
Other experienced Chevy Bolt EV owners point to the Buick Encore for design
That makes sense when looking at the spy shots and also for the potentially
lucrative Chinese market, where the Buick brand and styling has proved
popular on models like the Buick Velite. That model’s 6 MAV prototype was
unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show back in April to some acclaim, leading
some to speculate that GM’s new higher-end electric vehicles will take
design cues from the Buick range.
All things considered, this could be one of the least important aspects of
the Chevy Bolt EUV.
While some laugh off the Bolt EV as ugly, that usually comes from drivers of
premium vehicles who weren’t considering the Bolt in the first place.
Owners who value practicality and efficiency over aesthetics are perfectly
content with the look of the current Chevy Bolt EV. This group of buyers
would much prefer to see engineering-based improvements before any
subjective aesthetic enhancement.
Battery and Drivetrain
"The BEV3 engineering goal is to recharge 200 miles or range in 15 minutes,
with an overall range of at least 300 miles.”
Again, this is the vision relayed by a source reportedly close to GM’s
engineering team. However, it applies to the automaker’s third-generation
battery platform, BEV3, which is unlikely to be revealed until 2023 unless
GM has some major surprises to spring on us all.
Nonetheless, it seems almost guaranteed that any new model from General
Motors will see upgrades to the battery and/or drivetrain.
Specifically, it will probably be capable of delivering more power to move
the heavier vehicle to which it’s bolted (pardon the pun). Faster charging
is also a must, given the 55kW max charge rate on its predecessor is one of
our primary reasons the Chevy Bolt EV is already outdated.
“The ideal would be a 600-mile range in a lighter battery with higher energy
density,” says one commenter focused on traveling longer distances.
That seems too optimistic, so let’s bring the conversation back to more
likely upgrades. From another current owner who has traveled long distances
in his 2017 Chevy Bolt EV:
“I suspect they will stay in line with the competition. That means a 64kWh
battery pack, around 260 miles of range, and better battery cooling to
support higher peak charging.”
If that speculation holds up, the Chevy Bolt EUV will be a compelling
alternative to newer mid-priced models like the Kia Niro EV and the Hyundai
On the subject of these competitors, read about this charging issue
impacting Niro EV and Kona Electric owners.
Chevy Bolt EUV: What’s in a Name?
One aspect of the vehicle that surprisingly few people seem to mention is
the name itself.
GM came in for a lot of criticism for the similar-sounding Volt and Bolt
duo, with some buyers still confusing the two names even after the
retirement of the Chevy Volt.
A Chevy Bolt EUV, assuming it doesn’t replace the existing Bolt EV, would
add an additional layer of confusion just as GM has a chance to move away
from the issue.
It could perhaps be the beginning of a set of vehicles under the Bolt
banner, but the naming distinctions will need to be a little clearer if this
is the case.
Alternatively, it could be the abrupt end of the current Chevy Bolt EV as we
As one commenter put it: “I wouldn’t be surprised if they retire the Bolt
EV…if they have the EUV coming that’s so similar that it would be very
confusing.” I don’t subscribe to that theory, given that comments from Mary
Barra suggest GM is committed to the Bolt EV and using it as a development
platform for its autonomous vehicles program.
Whatever the company comes up with, and however it proceeds with naming, the
potential for the Chevy Bolt EUV is substantial. It gives General Motors an
opportunity to bridge the gap between the early promise of the Chevy Bolt EV
and the hopefully significant leap that the automaker will make with the
BEV3 platform in a few years’ time.
We hope GM takes this opportunity to get another jump on the competition,
rather than following the example of Nissan letting an early EV lead slip
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