Innovation has always been the lifeblood of the auto industry. It is an industry built on the industrial revolution and improvements in technology for more than a century. That is why it is really no surprise that Electric Vehicles (EVs) have become the rising star within the industry over the last decade or so. When we consider the latest models that have been announced, revealed, and teased by GM and its brands, it certainly seems that EVs will continue to chart the path forward for car manufacturers.
Since GM has dedicated itself to offering more than a dozen electric vehicles within the next four or five years, Chevrolet and Buick are going to be a major part of that. In fact, the Chevy Bolt EV has been available for quite a few years, leading the charge for Chevy in terms of EV models. The current Bolt EV is a fantastic option if you are interested in a subcompact hatchback car, and it offers a terrific combination of range, performance, and luxury. It has been so successful and well-received, in fact, that a crossover model has been developed based on its platform: the Chevy Bolt EUV, or Electric Utility Vehicle.
The Bolt EUV is taller and roomier inside than the standard Bolt EV, making it a fantastic option if you like the overall style of the Bolt but need something larger for your family. Chevy is currently hard at work on at least two other impressive EV models, including a midsize EUV and an all-electric pickup truck. Meanwhile, Buick is keeping their developments a bit more under wraps, but we know that they are working on at least two different EUV models to offer more options to drivers.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the Bolt EV is leading the charge for Chevy and has already proven itself as a terrific car that is a lot of fun to drive. The Bolt EV is a subcompact hatchback, which can impact whether this model is right for you. This is a great option for a small family or couple but is not necessarily ideal for a larger or growing family. However, if this class of vehicle works for you, then the Bolt EV is hard to beat in terms of performance and style.
With any car, you want to choose an option that is fun to drive, and a lot of that comes down to performance and the engine – or for an electric vehicle, its motor. The Chevy Bolt EV features a front motor system, giving you front-wheel drive, which delivers up to 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of motoring torque. It can go from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds and features a one-pedal system with regenerative braking, so you can just use one pedal for a lot of accelerating and slowing down.
The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV can go up to 259 miles on a full charge, in part thanks to the efficiency offered by the regenerative braking system. When charging at home, you can get about 4 miles of range per hour of charging when plugged into a three-prong outlet, or up to 25 miles of range from one hour when using a home charging unit. On the road, the Bolt EV can use DC Fast Charging stations, offering up to 100 miles of range from a 30-minute charge.
Inside the Chevy Bolt EV, you will find a more spacious interior than you might expect and a gorgeous, sophisticated design that is hard to resist. Overall, the Bolt EV has more than 94 cu.ft. of total passenger volume, as well as nearly 17 cu.ft. of rear trunk space, which is easy to access thanks to its hatchback design. There are two trims to choose from, and the Premier trim features perforated leather-appointed seating, including heated front and rear seats, plus a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. It is a surprisingly luxurious interior for such an affordable electric vehicle and really welcomes you to the future of driving.
The impressive technology of the Chevy Bolt EV is not limited to its motor and battery. Inside the Bolt EV, you will find a 10-inch Infotainment display as well as an 8-inch digital driver display. These two large screens let you keep track of everything going on with your vehicle, and the Bolt EV has numerous USB ports, keyless open and start, remote keyless entry, and programmable location-based charging options. Available tech for the Bolt EV includes a rear camera mirror, wireless charging pad, and a 7-speaker Bose premium sound system.
If you like the overall styling of the Bolt EV, but you need something larger, then you are in luck: Chevy has revealed a Bolt EUV, which is a crossover model. In much the same way that conventional crossover SUVs are built on a car platform, the new Bolt EUV is built on the standard Bolt EV’s platform, but it is taller and larger overall inside. This has made developing the Bolt EUV a lot faster, and this speed in production means the Bolt EUV should be available by the end of 2021.
We do not yet have a lot of specific details and specs for the Bolt EUV, but we know a few key things. In addition to the fact that it is larger than the Bolt EV, the EUV model will be the first Chevy vehicle to offer GM’s incredible Super Cruise technology. This is a form of semi-autonomous driving that lets you take your hands off the wheel and will even safely change lanes for you. So far, Super Cruise has only been available on select Cadillac models, so this is an exciting first step toward a wider release.
Not content to rest on its laurels with the Bolt EV and EUV, we know that at least two other Chevy electric vehicles are in development. Details on these models are scarce, unfortunately, as they are still a few years away from being released. One that has a lot of people excited will be a midsize EUV, larger than the Bolt EUV and closer to the Chevy Equinox in terms of size. This model is expected to be available by 2025, so we still have some waiting to do.
The other electric model in development at Chevy is an all-electric truck, which many Silverado fans are eagerly anticipating. We know very little about this pickup, other than that Chevy has said it will be a full-size model, so likely an electric alternative to the standard Silverado. It will undoubtedly be designed to compete with the Tesla Cybertruck and Ford’s announced electric F-150 model, so the features and performance of those trucks should give us a sense of what to expect from the Chevy pickup.
Buick is hard at work developing at least two electric vehicles to be a part of GM’s larger portfolio of EVs. Very little is known about these two models, unfortunately, other than the fact that they are both going to be EUVs from Buick. We would not be surprised to see one of them be a fairly large model, likely a midsize option, with Buick styling and performance.
The other has been described by GM as having a “greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion,” which sounds to us like it will be a sleeker, sportier model. These two options will be a great pairing that will offer something for just about any driver. We will keep an eye on any and all information coming from Buick, and you will be the first to know about what is to come.