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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV. Photo: GM

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers two important innovations in one small package: it runs on electricity, and it can drive itself on the highway.

The big picture: The Bolt EUV — or electric utility vehicle — is the slightly bigger brother to Chevy's refreshed Bolt EV.

  • Yes, but: Without all-wheel-drive, it's a stretch to call it an SUV. Chevy uses the phrase "SUV-like."

Both models are the first Chevys available with GM's Super Cruise hands-free assisted-driving technology.

  • Until now, Super Cruise has been limited to much higher-priced Cadillacs.

Quick take: My hands-free drive around the freeways of southeast Michigan was blissfully relaxing. I sat with my hands in my lap, but kept my eyes on the road, knowing the in-cabin camera was monitoring my alertness.

  • Several speeding cars cut in front of me, but the Bolt EUV slowed appropriately, then resumed the following distance I had set.

How it works: The system is easy to use. Once centered in your lane, the Super Cruise icon illuminates on the instrument panel, indicating it's ready to activate.

  • Push the steering wheel-mounted button and the icon turns green, and a green bar appears across the top of the steering wheel.
  • When it's time to take back control — at an exit or interchange, for example — the bar flashes red.

One fun thing: A new "one-pedal driving" feature for city driving means you don't even need the brake. Take your foot off the accelerator and the car comes to a stop, capturing energy and putting it back into the battery.

By the numbers: Pricing is attractive, partly because Chevy EVs are not currently eligible for a $7,500 tax credit (but that could change soon if Democrats in Washington extend EV incentives).

  • The Bolt EUV starts at $33,995, and a loaded Launch Edition with Super Cruise sells for $43,495. Otherwise, Super Cruise is a $2,200 option.
  • Chevy is even covering the cost of installing Level 2 charging capability in customers' homes.

Go deeper

Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

Biden's communication headaches

President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.

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