For well over 100 years, the auto industry has been based on technological innovation: from the invention of the internal combustion engine and improvements in the number and arrangement of cylinders to intelligent safety features designed to protect passengers. The development and growing popularity of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is only the most recent stage of this technological advancement. While some people might resist the move toward batteries and silent electric motors rather than gasoline and roaring combustion engines, we think that electric is the future of the industry.
It would seem that GM, the parent company of both Chevrolet and Buick, agrees with us since they have committed themselves to develop more than a dozen electric vehicles across their different brands over the next few years. With Chevy, we already have the Bolt EV, which has proven itself year after year as an incredibly popular and sporty model. More Chevy EVs are on the way, however, including an Electric Utility Vehicle (EUV) version of the Bolt as well as an all-new midsize EUV and even an electric pickup. Meanwhile, although Buick does not have an available EV model just yet, they have at least two different EUVs currently in the works.
For now, your options might be somewhat limited when looking for electric vehicles, but it is clear that you will soon have a lot more choices available going forward. From small and sporty hatchbacks to EUVs of different sizes and even electric trucks, GM will have you covered for EV models in the years ahead. Here at Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick, we are ready to help you find exactly the right vehicle with everything you need, whether that is one of the new and upcoming EV models or something a bit more conventional. Come visit us at Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick today to find out more and discover the perfect car for you.
Many people consider the Bolt EV to be the flagship in the lineup of Chevy electric vehicles, and it is easy to see why. There is a lot of great stuff in the Bolt EV that clearly indicates the level of confidence that Chevy has in the future of EV models. This is a subcompact hatchback model, so it is a fantastic choice if you can utilize something small and desire more cargo space than an SUV can offer. Fortunately, the Chevy Bolt EUV and other upcoming EUV models will be the perfect solution for those in need of something larger.
Just like any electric vehicle, the heart and soul of the Bolt EV is its battery and motor, which are perfect for its small size. The Bolt EV has an electric drive unit that can provide 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to go from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. It has front-wheel drive and an electronic transmission with one-pedal driving that uses regenerative braking for optimal efficiency.
Speaking of efficiency, the current Bolt EV can go up to 259 miles on a full charge. Charging at home is easy: when plugged into a standard 3-prong outlet, it can get about 4 miles of range per hour of charge, while using an available home charging unit can provide you with up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Public DC Fast Charging stations are even more efficient, and you can get up to 100 miles of range from just 30 minutes of charging at one of these locations.
Although the Bolt EV is a subcompact model, there is a surprising amount of room inside. Front passengers have more than 41 inches of legroom, while rear passengers get more than 36 inches of available legroom – and it offers more than 94 cu. ft. of total passenger volume. In the rear of the Bolt EV is nearly 17 cu. ft. of trunk space, and the hatchback design makes it easy for you to fully utilize all of that room.
The great tech features of the Chevy Bolt EV are not limited to its impressive battery and motor: inside the Bolt EV, you will find a standard 10-inch infotainment display, as well as an 8-inch digital driver display. Steering-wheel mounted controls make it easy to operate the infotainment system while driving, and the Bolt EV features programmable, location-based charging so you can set it to charge during off-peak electricity hours or delay charging when necessary. Available tech features include a rear camera mirror, a wireless charging pad, and a Bose premium 7-speaker sound system for an amazing audio experience.
If you are interested in the Chevy Bolt EV but need something a bit larger than a subcompact hatchback, then the Bolt EUV should be a great option. Larger than the standard Bolt EV but built upon the same platform, the Bolt EUV is essentially an electric crossover SUV that is taller than the Bolt EV and offers more room inside. Since it shares a platform with an established model, the development of the Bolt EUV has been quite fast and has allowed it to come to market before the other planned electric vehicles from Chevy.
The details and specs for the Bolt EUV have yet to be released, so you will have to wait a bit longer on the specifics of this model. We do know, however, that the Bolt EUV will feature GM’s impressive Super Cruise technology. Super Cruise allows for semi-autonomous driving, letting you take your hands off the wheel, and it can even change lanes for you. Currently usable on hundreds of thousands of miles of roads in the US, with more being added all the time, the Bolt EUV is the first model outside of select Cadillac vehicles to offer Super Cruise.
The future of Chevy electric vehicles certainly looks bright, building on the Bolt EV that is already available. In addition to the Bolt EUV that is based on the same platform as the Bolt EV, there are at least two other EVs coming from Chevrolet. The first will likely be a midsize EUV that is currently in development, offering a larger option than the Bolt EUV. While details have not been released for this model, we have heard that it will be similar to the Chevy Equinox in size and is expected to be available by 2025.
A lot of people are excited about an all-electric truck that is currently in development at Chevrolet. Details on this pickup are quite scarce right now, but Chevy has confirmed that it will be a full-size model and displayed a mock-up of the vehicle. Chevy is aiming at the truck having more than 400 miles of range on a full charge, and it could utilize many of the new technologies developed for the GMC Hummer EV.
As a division of GM, Buick is also working on a number of electric vehicles to take their place within the larger EV portfolio. Unfortunately, details on the models being worked on at Buick are incredibly scarce, and we have only a few bits and pieces from GM’s 2019 Sustainability Report. Based on this report, two different models are currently in development, though the names and specs on them are still unknown.
One of the two models coming from Buick will be an all-electric SUV designed to offer a “more conventional crossover proportion that maximizes interior space and cargo,” which should make it a fantastic option for large and growing families. The other model is said to be an electric crossover that “features more expressive proportion with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion,” which could be something a bit sleeker and sportier. Whatever we end up seeing from Buick will certainly be a welcome addition to the fantastic electric vehicles available from Chevy and GM’s other brands.