GM confirms Chevrolet Blazer EV debut in July – The Detroit Bureau

General Motors has confirmed that it will unveil its new Chevrolet Blazer EV on July 18.

Chevy previously teased that it will offer a high-performance SS version of the Blazer EV.

The all-electric version of the compact crossover is the latest in a rapidly growing list of battery-powered vehicles confirmed for production by the Detroit automaker. In total, GM plans to spend $35 billion to put at least 30 battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, in production by 2025CEO Mary Barra previously said.

“The all-new 2024 Chevy Blazer EV will be unveiled July 18,” Barra revealed in his final tweet. “Developed from the ground up, the Blazer EV offers a revolutionary blend of style, performance and technology. Stay tuned for more.

Details, details

New, all-electric version of the Chevy Blazer is expected to hit U.S. showrooms by spring 2023, GM previously noted. It first announced plans for the Blazer at the Consumer Electronics Show last January, also confirming that it will add BEV versions of the Silverado pickup and Equinox crossover.

While the automaker hasn’t provided any additional information about the Blazer EV, a number of details have already started to emerge, with insiders hinting at more details.

As the the new Cadillac Lyriq has just entered production, the Blazer EV is based on a new skateboard-like platform that mounts its battery and motor drive system below the vehicle’s cargo floor. It is one of several dedicated EV architectures developed by GM.

Ultium technology

Unlike the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV subcompact models, the Blazer EV will use an all-new “Ultium” battery technology developed by GM in cooperation with South Korea’s LG Chem. The automaker is preparing to open the first of four North American plants to produce these new batteries, this one located in Lordstown, Ohio.

The new batteries, according to GM, have a higher energy density than the cells used in Bolt models. They are cheaper to produce and, according to the automaker, will be less prone to breakdowns, including the battery fires that caused a mass recall of Bolt models and a 9-month production shutdown.

All-electric Chevrolet Blazer SS
GM has been teasing the arrival of the Chevrolet Blazer EV SS for some time now.

The Blazer EV will also use the new Ultium electrical architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles. Among other things, it reduces the number of microprocessors scattered throughout the vehicle and it is also designed to speed up charging times.

Multiple options

Based on what GM plans for other BEVs, Blazer will be offered in several different versions with different transmission configurations. This could include both a front-mounted single-motor version, as well as a twin-motor all-wheel-drive model. Blazer EV is sure to have the more capable SS package it teased earlier this year. This would target the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, as well as the GT version of the Kia EV6 which is expected to debut later this year.

Front of 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has started arriving at dealerships as part of the first wave of new electric vehicles coming from GM.

It’s unclear if GM will offer more than one battery option – a strategy used by some competitors. But, if so, a long-range pack is likely to deliver north of 250 miles and could challenge the maximum range of 314 miles offered by the Mach-E.

The new Blazer EV carries over some of the key design cues used with the conventional petrol-powered Blazer SUV, but it also introduces a number of distinctive details. Like many last-generation battery-electric vehicles, this includes an LED lightbar above a sealed grille. The actual air intakes are mounted under the bumper and are intended to cool the battery and the motorization.

The new image shows what looks like a cutout in the front of the driver’s door. The low angle of the photo makes it difficult to determine what it really is, but it’s roughly where the charger port will be, based on an earlier image of the Blazer. The mobility device can also be equipped with an air curtain system to reduce turbulence and drag around the front wheels. Aerodynamics are key to the range of a battery electric vehicle

GM’s EV plans take shape

Cadillac Lyriq 2023
The Cadillac Lyriq is now finding its way to dealerships across the United States

While GM said it plans to introduce at least 30 BEVs by the middle of the decade, it did not reveal the number that will reach the United States. Some will target overseas markets such as China where a pint-sized micro-EV has been developed in cooperation with SAIC and Wuling is currently the best-selling battery-electric vehicle.

What is clear is that the automaker plans to have a full portfolio. This will include products for its four North American brands, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. He recently showcased BEV concepts for the Buick brand, including the swoopy Wildfire. And it teases the debut of the Cadillac Celestiq supercar.

In addition to the Chevy Bolt pair, GM is currently selling the big GMC Hummer EV pickup and will begin shipping the Caddy Lyriq soon. Among the products now confirmed for production are the Chevy Blazer and Equinox SUVs, an SUV version of the Hummer, and EV versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

An “electrified” version of the Chevy Corvette is coming in 2023. It’s unclear whether it will be a conventional or plug-in hybrid. A BEV version of the sports car will follow later in the decade, GM has confirmed.

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