GM says two new versions of the Chevy Bolt are scheduled to be unveiled in February 2021. The company has released a new teaser that highlights a new feature coming to electric cars: GM’s reputable advanced driver assistance system, the Super Cruise.
GM plans to release an updated Chevy Bolt, first released in 2017, as well as a Bolt Electric Utility Vehicle or EUV. The teaser was timed to coincide with GM CEO Mary Barra’s keynote address at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show – which is being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The updated Bolt has a sportier look, new seats, adaptive cruise control and a few other minor changes. GM bumped the range in this last year̵
The Bolt EUV (not an acronym that we expect to catch, but go out guessing) will have a longer wheelbase than the regular Bolt and should appeal to customers looking for a more crossover SUV look than the hatchback. EUV looks longer than the regular Bolt, but so much taller.
A significant change will be the inclusion of Super Cruise, GM’s “hands-free” advanced driver assistance system. When it first debuted in 2017, Super Cruise made instant comparisons with Tesla’s Autopilot system. It uses cameras, radar and LIDAR map data, combined with a robust driver monitoring system, to take a lot of stress out of highway driving. Once engaged, drivers can take their feet off the pedals and hands from the steering wheel, and the car generally drives itself on separate highways.
The two new bolts are the latest GM vehicles to get the Super Cruise, and the first from Chevrolet. Super Cruise is also available in 2018 Cadillac CT6, 2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4, 2021 Cadillac Escalade and GMC Hummer EV.
Both the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV will be built on GM’s BEV2 platform, which differs from the new “Ultium” battery pack announced in early 2020. The newly unveiled Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV will be the first vehicles built on this new electrical architecture. As such, Bolt EV and EUV were expected to go into production in late 2020, but were delayed until this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new bolts may not come fast enough given the controversy surrounding the current versions of the EV. GM was recently struck with a class case that the Chevy Bolt’s battery is “prone to bursting into flames.” The lawsuit comes on the heels of GM announcing that it remembers 68,000 bolts due to a battery not working.