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Chevy Bolt EUV specs released; how it compares to Ford Mustang Mach E

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Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Image courtesy of General Motors)

GM has made a firm commitment to pumping out electric vehicles, first with its new Factory Zero and second by declaring it’ll be mostly electric by 2035. Now, it’s starting to put its money where its mouth is by revealing its first affordable fully electric crossover: the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV.

This reveal is hot on the heels of Ford’s release of its own all-electric crossover, the Mustang Mach E.

So, naturally, we needed to do a little spec comparison.

Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Image courtesy of General Motors)

Chevy’s EUV seems to be the clear winner in the price wars, but let’s look at that again. Even though the Mustang Mach E is $10k more than the Bolt EUV, it qualifies for the $7,500 tax credit, whereas GM EVs do not. So, really, there’s just a $3k difference between the vehicles.

However, what this also says to me is that GM has been in the EV game a little longer than Ford, which could be a predictor of reliability and growth strategy. Maybe.

Chevrolet hasn’t released the full specs just yet, but in the glimpse we got (below), there are also a few other interesting things to point out:

  • Chevy’s EUV is FWD: While the Mustang Mach E has both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, with RWD being standard, the Bolt EUV is only available as a front-wheel drive model at this time.
  • Faster charging: We’ve had a hard time getting charging data from Ford, but in what we’ve been able to glean from other people’s data, the charge rate on a 120 V wall charger will be 3 miles per hour vs. Chevy’s 4 miles per hour on the Bolt EUV.
  • Mach E is bigger: The Bolt EUV is really kind of tiny. In fact, it’s a full 16 inches shorter than the Mustang Mach E. And while legroom and headroom are a win for the Chevy EUV, shoulder room, hip room and cargo volume is in the loss category.
  • Self-driving tech available: Both the Bolt EUV and Mustang Mach E will have available hands-free driving — Chevy in the form of Super Cruise and Ford in the form of Active Drive Assist. Chevrolet hasn’t made it clear if Super Cruise will be available on all trims, or only the top tier, but we know Active Drive Assist is not available on the base Mach E.

One other thing I’d like to point out is Chevrolet has included some basic standard safety technology on the new EUV. However, the Mach E’s standard tech is more robust and includes extra features like automatic reverse braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Image courtesy of General Motors)
 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV2021 Ford Mustang Mach E Select
Base price$33,995 $43,995
Eligible for federal tax creditNoYes
Range250 miles (FWD)230 miles (RWD); 211 miles (AWD)
Battery chemistryLithium IonLithium Ion
Cells288288
Energy65 kWh68 kWh
Battery warranty8 years/100k miles8 years/100k miles
Horsepower200 hp266 hp
Torque266 lb.-ft.317 lb.-ft.
Charging times4 mph (120 V); 7 hours (240 V); up to 95 miles in 30 mintues (fast charge)3 mph (120 V); 11 hours (240 V); up to 167 miles in 45 minutes (fast charge)
Front suspensionIndependent MacPherson strut-type with direct-acting solid stabilizer barIndependent Macpherson strut with hollow stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionCompound crank (torsion beam) with coil springsIndependent multilink with hollow stabilizer bar
Turning circle38.3 feet38.1 feet
Brake typeFour-wheel disc with ABS; electro-hydraulic; partially regenerativeFour-wheel disc witih ABS
Brake sizeFront: 15 / 276 vented; Rear: 15 / 264 solidFront: Ventilated disc 18"/4 piston fixed; Rear: Solid disc 17"/1 piston sliding
Wheel size17-in. aluminum18-in. aluminum
Tire size215/50R17225/60R18
Wheelbase105.3 inches117 inches
Length169.5 inches185.6 inches
Width69.7 inches74.1 inches
Height63.6 inches64 inches
Headroom40.0 inches (front - max); 39.1 inches (front w/ sunroof); 37.8 inches (rear)38.9 inches (front); 38.2 inches (rear)
Legroom44.3 inches (front - max); 39.1 inches (rear)43.3 inches (front); 38.1 (rear)
Shoulder room54.6 inches (front); 52.0 inches (rear)57.6 inches (front); 55.9 inches (rear)
Hip room51.4 inches (front); 50.2 inches (rear)55.4 inches (front); 53.2 inches (rear)
Passenger volume96.5 cu. ft.n/a
Cargo volume16.3 cu. ft. (behind rear seat); 56.9 cu. ft. (rear seat folded)29.7 cu. ft. (behind rear seat); 59.7 cu. ft. (behind first row); 4.7 cu. ft. (front trunk)
Curb weight3,679 pounds4,394 pounds
Standard safety techAutomatic emergency braking (front), forward collision alert, lane keep assist, rear vision cameraAutomatic rear brake assist, automatic emergency braking (front), blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic high beams
Self driving techSuper Cruise availableActive Drive Assist available in uper trims

The bottom line on the Bolt EUV

This is just the first in a long line of new electric crossovers from General Motors generally and Chevrolet specifically. And while I think the Bolt EUV styling looks fine (compared to Mach E’s styling that sings), there’s a lot to be said for a utility all-electric vehicle that starts in the low $30k range – without tax credits. But, according to at least one article we read, perhaps more tax credits for GM could be on the way, and that would make this a bigger win.

I enjoyed the Bolt EV when I drove it previously, so I’ll be curious about how this new EUV stacks up – especially in comparison to the Mustang Mach E, which I loved.

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