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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Drive this EV 514KMs with one charge

EVs are becoming more efficient as users require more efficient cars amid global oil prices. This Chevy's EV is the best one to hit the market.

So far, we’ve only seen the Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Hummer EV employ General Motors’ Ultium electric car platform in production, which is great, but it’s also a little disappointing. Chevy has finally introduced the new Blazer EV, a popular crossover that will be on the market soon.

Photographs have been released displaying the new Blazer EV’s various trim levels for the first time since it was first exhibited last month. This isn’t simply an electric version of the Blazer, but an entirely new vehicle with its own distinct design and feel, with boomerang-shaped LED lighting, short overhangs and an extremely low, broad stance. The false grille on the front of the more sporty trim levels, such the SS at the top, is bigger, but even the base model looks terrific. There is an illuminated logo with an animated greeting that shows charge status when plugged in, as well as full-width front lighting. The prominent fender vent also serves a purpose.

Blazer’s interior design and technology have been derived from the Chevy Silverado EV. Digital gauge clusters and a 17.7-inch touchscreen canted toward the driver are standard on all Blazer EVs. The latter of these features an analog-to-digital volume knob and sits atop analogue climate controls. The lower dash features a trio of spherical Camaro-style air vents, as well as ambient lighting in select models. The leather seats of the SS have an unique lightning bolt perforation design and have orange accents.


The Blazer EV’s outstanding stats haven’t been released yet, but Chevy has provided a few facts. Front, rear, or all-wheel drive will be available depending on the trim level, and the Blazer will have independent suspension at all four corners regardless of setup. The WOW (Wide Open Watts) mode allows the Blazer EV SS to reach 60 mph in under 4 seconds while producing 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque. For Chevrolet, “the soul of a sports automobile” means something special. In order to use regenerative braking, the Blazer appears to include a steering wheel paddle similar to the one found on the Bolt EV’s regen activation system.

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Depending on the model and battery size, the Blazer EV will be offered with front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive, with independent suspension at all four corners. The WOW (Wide Open Watts) setting on the Blazer EV SS gives it 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph in under 4 seconds. The SS, according to Chevrolet, has “the soul of a sports car.” The Blazer appears to have the same regen-activating steering wheel paddle as the Bolt EV, indicating that regenerative braking will be a legitimate one-pedal driving option. There is a range of 247 to 320 miles of range depending on the trim level of the vehicle. Some of it is illustrated in the following graph.

With a fast-charging capacity of up to 190 kW, the Blazer EV can add up to 78 miles of range in 10 minutes, depending on the model. GM’s Ultium Charge 360 service and more than 100,000 public charging stations will be available to Blazer EV owners.

Optional safety features including GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance system and new parking assist and reverse automated braking capabilities will be available on the Blazer EV. There are a number of other amenities that may be added to the vehicle such as an automatic power tailgate, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and 22-inch wheels.

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2LT and RS trims of the Blazer EV will be available for purchase. There will be a $65,995 SS model available later in 2023. A PPV police fleet model and an entry-level 1LT model will be introduced in the first quarter of 2024 for $44,995 each. Production of the electric version of the Blazer will take place at the same factory in Mexico as the existing model.