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Trademark Reveals Upcoming Chevy Bolt-Based EV Could Be Creatively Called the ‘Bolt UEV’


Photo: Raphael Orlove / Jalopnik
Photo: Raphael Orlove / Jalopnik

If you thought the city car hatchback vibe of the Chevy Bolt EV was maybe a little too boring despite it actually being a fairly practical car, then you will be absolutely weary at the prospect of it becoming a small crossover, as a new trademark filing may suggest.

It’s long been suspected that one of GM’s many upcoming electric vehicles would be some sort of crossover, with the company confirming at least one of its new models will be based on the same battery-electric platform as the current Bolt and sold alongside it, as Automotive News previously reported.

And now, GM Authority has dug up a new trademark application for an upcoming model named the “Bolt UEV,” with the outlet speculating that it likely stands for something like “utility electric vehicle.” “Urban” wouldn’t really make a lot of sense considering the current Bolt is already pretty much exclusively associated with urban driving.

If that speculation is accurate, then that’s probably what GM plans to call the rumored Bolt-based crossover, spinning the Bolt name into a sub-brand of sorts for its electric models. Or at least two of them.

Riveting stuff, I know. But it’s a strange naming decision, in my opinion, because the Bolt and Volt naming was already confusing enough. Now there may be two vehicles with essentially identical names.

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Why not call it something tough or adventurous, like bringing back the Nomad name? Please don’t call all 20 of the upcoming GM EVs some variation of Bolt.

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