2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. 2021 Nissan Leaf
Which Electric Vehicle is Right for You?
Electric vehicles are growing in popularity due to their reliability, features, environmentally-conscious power, and more. The Chevy Bolt EV and the Nissan Leaf are two popular models. But which one should you buy? We’ll help you break down the pros and cons of each EV and help you make the decision. When you’re ready, stop by Stephen Wade Chevrolet in St. George today to get a hands-on approach. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable experts will show you all the features of how amazing EVs are and let you take one for a spin around the block! Read more and visit us today!
Powertrain and Driving
The powertrain and chassis of the Bolt EV deliver 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft of torque to the front wheels. The instantaneous response of the pedal shows how amazing electric vehicles can be. The low-end torque allows you to fly off the line as soon as the light turns green. Driving the Bolt EV is easy and intuitive as well, thanks to its one-pedal-driving mode. This can be activated from a button in the center console. It increases the regenerative braking where you can literally drive the vehicle using only the accelerator pedal. The braking and recharging slow down the vehicle, barely needing to use the actual physical brakes. This helps extend the battery life and our brakes’ lifespans.
The Nissan Leaf comes standard with a 147-horsepower electric motor delivering power to the front wheels. The 40.0-kWh battery also comes standard. You have the option to upgrade to a 214-hp electric motor with a larger battery. While the upgrade is nice, it's still not as quick off the line as the Bolt EV. The Leaf also has an e-Pedal feature that allows for regenerative braking modes. One allows you to coast the car when not pressing on the accelerator, while another slows you down to charge the battery.
Range and Battery Details
The 2022 Bolt EV has a maximum driving range of 259 miles on a full charge. You also have the available dual-level charging cord that plugs into Level 1 and 2 outlets. The Level 2 charging increases it to 11 kW. This allows you to charge the battery fully in only seven hours. You can also plug in the DC fast charging to add roughly 100 miles of range in only 30 minutes with a Level 3 connection.
The Leaf charges on a regular 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt outlet. The standard 40.0-kWh battery of the Leaf has a limited range of only 150 miles. The upgraded S Plus trim levels unlock 226 miles of driving range while others fall short around 215 miles. No matter which package you get, the Leaf won’t outlast the Bolt EV in range.
Features, Interior, and Connectivity
Inside of the Bolt EV is spacious, comfortable, and upscale. The back seat has plenty of room for two adults, while the rear cargo hatchback space has plenty of room for groceries, suitcases, and more. The Bolt EV boasts a 10.2” infotainment touch screen with a plethora of features, including:
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wireless Smartphone Charging
- Touch Controls
- Over-the-Air Updates
- Built-In Apps like Alexa and Spotify
While the Leaf does have a lot of plastic lining the interior, it’s still slightly sophisticated. There are different trim levels and models that can severely alter the interior experience. The 7.0” gauge cluster behind the steering wheel gives you plenty of information about your driving. The seats are comfortable and spacious. There is also plenty of room for adults in the rear seats. The 8.0” infotainment display and creature comforts has all types of features, including:
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Nissan Connect Software
- Optional Bose Seven-Speaker System
- Optional Adaptive Cruise Control
- Semi-Autonomous Driving Mode
Visit Us Today!
Still not sure which compact EV is right for you? Visit our St. George Chevrolet dealership today! We’ll put you behind the wheel of the Chevy Bolt EV and let you feel the thrilling acceleration, comfortable interior, and tantalizing infotainment features. From there, we can go over all the differences and features that come with an electric vehicle as opposed to traditional engines. Our team has years of experience and stats up to date on the latest developments from Chevrolet. We look forward to helping you find the right EV for you and your needs!