Chevy Rolls Out Bolt ‘Electric Utility Vehicle’
The new Chevy Bolt “electric utility vehicle” may look like an SUV, but there is still at least one area where the 2022 EUV falls short when compared to gas-powered sport utility vehicles.
“The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV injects welcome style and bravado into Chevy’s affordable small electric vehicle but none of the off-road ability you might expect from the suffix EUV,” the Detroit Free Press’ Mark Phelan reports.
Phelan was otherwise complimentary of the new vehicle, Chevy’s first stab at an EUV, after taking one out for a test drive. The “quick little vehicle” offers one-pedal driving that makes the brake “brake pedal virtually superfluous,” he said. It also generates 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
Equally as important for potential buyers, however, is the price tag: The Bolt EUV comes at a base price of just under $34,000. Unlike other electric vehicles, the EUV does not currently qualify for a $7,500 clean car federal tax credit.
A federal tax law that has not been updated since it was enacted in 2010 currently caps the credit at the first 200,000 electric vehicles sold per manufacturer. That leaves both the EUV and 2022 classic Bolt models outside the cap, at least for now.
President Joe Biden’s administration and lawmakers in Congress are considering expanding the credit, a move that Phelan says could happen before the EUV goes on sale in the summer.
“Post-tax credit, the bottom line will likely be in the mid-$20,000s to $30,000s, making the Bolt and EUV very competitive with similarly equipped compact cars and SUVs,” Phelan reports.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
As Chevy sets to roll out its next generation of electric vehicles, the brand still has a hard time making cars that are safe to drive now.
General Motors announced late last year that it was recalling a wide range of Chevy Bolt electric vehicles because of a battery defect that could cause them to go up in flames.
Fortunately, car owners and lessors in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. The law requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles under warranty and to buy back or replace cars that the company cannot or will not fix.
How an Orange County Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are a California car owner or lessor haggling with a manufacturer over repairs, an Orange County lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that the manufacturer fixes the vehicle and helps clients maximize the value of their buybacks.
We are pleased to be able to represent people in lemon law cases across the state. Our attorneys understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. That is why we work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.