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Chevrolet unveils refreshed 2022 Bolt EV, new 2022 Bolt EUV

Chevrolet has introduced two new vehicles.

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The refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV debuted today offering similar range and size despite having different body styling. The 2022 Bolt EUV is just one of the several electric vehicles (EVs) General Motors (GM) has promised to bring to market in the coming years.

Chevy's electric vehicle offerings are important to the company, introducing buyers to the EV lifestyle and the bowtie brand. In the U.S., three-quarters of Bolt EV buyers are new to GM. Overseas, the all-electric product portfolio is helping GM keep up with an influx of new EV makers.

Charging

Chevrolet is offering the Bolt EUV with a standard Dual Level Charge Cord. It has a changeable plug that allows customers to plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong outlet for Level 1 charging and a 240-volt outlet for Level 2 charging up to 7.2 kilowatts. The cord is available for the Bolt EV.

Chevy is also equipping both vehicles are capable of 11 kilowatt Level 2 charging, but separate charging equipment (not included) is required.

Some customers will be eligible to have Chevrolet cover standard installation of Level 2 charging capability. This is in collaboration with Qmerit.

Standard DC fast public charging capability enables the Bolt EV to add up to 100 miles of range in 30 minutes. It take the same time period for the Bolt EUV to add 95 miles of range.

Getting the Chevrolet EV Access package enables customers to remotely view their current charging status and battery charge level, customize their charge settings, and set up charge notifications via the myChevrolet Mobile App. The Energy feature within the myChevrolet Mobile App can help plan road trips by locating charging stations — including real-time availability — with participating charging networks.

Chevrolet backs the Bolt EV's thermal management system with an eight-year/100,000-mile limited battery system warranty.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Chevrolet has updated the Bolt EV for the 2022 model year, giving it a new, more upright fascia and rear lighting signatures. Like the Bolt EUV, it has high-eye daytime running lights.

Chevy has given the interior a refresh as well. There's a new instrument panel, vehicle controls, and seats. A fresh 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen and integrated climate controls pair with an 8-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot are available.

The car also has a new, electronic gear shift design that uses toggles and push buttons. This is the same shifter that is in the redesigned 2021 Buick Envision and frees up more space the center console.

There's also a new, electronic gear shift design that uses pull toggles and push buttons to free up more interior space. For increased regenerative braking, there's even a new one-pedal driving button that keeps the system active between drive cycles.

A flat-bottom steering wheel has a Regen on Demand paddle and black Chevy bowtie emblem. The Bolt EV's redesigned seats have a triangular geometric pattern and contrasting color stitching.

Chevy Safety Assist is standard on the Bolt EV. It includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, following distance indicator, automatic high beams, and front pedestrian braking. Rear cross traffic alert, high-definition surround vision, and adaptive cruise control are available.

The Bolt EV will continue to be powered by an all-electric powertrain. Its single-motor drive unit delivers 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. GM estimates the range of Bolt EV to be 259 miles. One-pedal driving is possible.

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $31,995 including destination and delivery charges - $5,000 less than the starting price of the 2021 model. Look for the Chevy to arrive on U.S. dealership lots this summer.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

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No exterior sheet metal is shared between the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV despite the fact that they ride on the same architecture. The Bolt EUV is approximately six inches longer than the Bolt EV and identifies as a crossover. The automaker says that it has taken those extra inches and applied some to the cabin where it has a roomier interior than the Bolt EV and three inches more legroom.

Chevy uses the words "muscular" and "distinctive" to describe the body and grille of the Bolt EUV. At the front is a distinctive grille and signature lighting (LEDs are standard). The car's daytime running nights double as sequential turn-signal indicators.

The automaker has given the Bolt EUV styling cues that its SUV lineup has including a center crease line that runs from the front fascia to the hood. Roof rails are standard.

The Bolt EUV has nearly the same interior as the Bolt EV, right down to the 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen and integrated climate controls, 8-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, and new style shifter. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and smartphone charging are available, as well as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

Buyers can upgrade their Bolt EUV from the base model to include heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats, as well as a panoramic sunroof.

The Bolt EUV will be the first Chevrolet offered with Super Cruise, GM's advanced driver assist system (ADAS). Super Cruise enables hands-free driving on over 200,000 roads in the U.S. and Canada.

Like the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV has the Chevy Safety Assist suite of technology and available safety tech add-ons.

Chevy has give the Bolt EUV the same powertrain as the Bolt EV. Its larger size only allows it 250 miles of range compared to the Bolt EV's 259.

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV starts at $39,995 including destination and delivery charges. The Bolt EUV will be available this summer.

A limited edition Bolt EUV Launch Edition is able to be reserved starting today. It features Super Cruise, a sunroof, unique wheels, special badging, and an illuminated charge port. It has a $43,495 price tag including designation and delivery charges.

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An all-electric vintage Bentley offers retro looks and modern tech.

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It's been a busy few months. Lunaz has increased its U.K. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint by 500 percent and added the world's first electric classic Bentley to its portfolio.

"Restoration, re-engineering and electrification responds to the global requirement for a clean-air future," said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz. "The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business."

New home

The new Lunaz production home, designed from the ground up, will be completed this spring. It will feature a state-of-the-art design and a research and development hub. The company will have the ability to finish surfaces, engineer batteries, restore the bodies of vehicles, and crafts key components in hard and soft finishes in-house.

Customers will be able to access a hosting space on the second floor of the building, which has an uninterrupted view of Silverstone Racetrack. Beyond race days, the suite will be used as consultation space with the Lunaz design team.

Lunaz Bentley Continental

Lunaz is now offering electrified versions of vintage Bentley Continentals.

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Electrified vintage Bentley Continental

Following the offering of an all-electric vintage Rolls-Royce, Lunaz is responding to demand, offering a full production of the world's first electric Bnetleys.

"The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine," said Lorenz. "Customers across the globe asked us to create the world's first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence."

The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. It is presented with a two-tone paint job and an interior that is finished in hand-restored lustrous green leather with burr walnut trim. Modern conveniences have been fitted to the car including power steering and air conditioning. An infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay functionality is also included.

This particular model will be used as a daily driver by a U.K. car collector so hill seats have been integrated into the rear.

Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.

Prices for original factory steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.


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Polestar currently operates four showrooms in the U.S.

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Polestar, an electric performance car brand, will be opening 15 new sales locations in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Called Polestar Spaces, the showrooms are more in line with what Tesla offers and less like a traditional auto dealership.

Each Polestar Space features minimalist Scandinavian-like design, pulling together the heritage of the company with a modern sales environment. Each location is staffed by non-commissioned Polestar Specialists. Test drives can be coordinated on-site or at home.

In the next few months, locations in Austin, Texas; Boston; Denver, Seattle; South Florida; and Washington D.C. will open. Those new showrooms will be established in connection with established retailer groups in the area. Additional information regarding the D.C. and Florida locations is expected soon.

2021 Polestar 2 The fastback Polestar 2 is a head-turner. Photo courtesy of Polestar

The second-half of 2021 will welcome the opening of additional showrooms in Atlanta; Central and South New Jersey; Connecticut; Dallas; Detroit; Minneapolis; Phoenix; and Orange County, California.

Specific showroom details are available at Polestar.com/Spaces.

"In 2019 we stated our goal of servicing 85% of the addressable EV market within a year of the Polestar 2 launch," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. "With these 2021 appointments, we will accomplish that and more- especially with our free pickup and delivery servicing within 150 miles of a brick-and-mortar Polestar location."

Polestar Spaces are already open in Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and Manhattan, plus two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area (Corte Madera and Santa Clara).

The automaker currently offers the Polestar 2 for sale in the U.S. AutomotiveMap recently had the opportunity to test drive the car for review.

It was recently confirmed that the Polestar Precept concept is headed to production. The concept version of the car is noted for its sustainable materials and minimalist design.

Additionally, Polestar and Koenigsegg are working on a project.

Further markets for expansion will be announced later in 2021.

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