Like most other automakers, GM has also been working on electrifying many of its existing ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles to electric. The company has announced a massive $35 billion investment to electrify its entire lineup by 2040 to keep up with its competitors like Ford, Toyota and others. Currently, however, GM is relatively sluggish in the U.S. EV market, which is led by Tesla. The Elon Musk-led company reportedly shipped more than 900,000 vehicles in 2021, representing a nearly 90 percent increase over the 500,000-odd it had shipped the previous year.
General Motors CEO Barra posted a full photograph of the company’s upcoming Blazer EV and confirmed that more details about the vehicle would be announced on July 18. The pre-production model pictured in the photo comes with many design elements that make it stand apart from the current Blazer SUV, but there are enough similarities to suggest that they are from the same family. The existing Chevy Blazer is one of the relatively obscure models in the GM lineup and starts at just over $33,000 for the base model.
Chevy Blazer EV Price And Specifications
In terms of detailed technical specifications, GM has played its cards close to its chest, meaning there is little public knowledge about the upcoming EV. What is known, however, is that it will be built on General Motors’ new Ultium battery and powertrain architecture which is set to become the foundation for many of the other upcoming EVs from the company, including the Equinox.
Regarding pricing, GM hasn’t offered any target for the Blazer EV, but the company has said that it intends to sell the Equinox EV at a starting price of $30,000. If the company can stick to that price tag, that will make the Equinox one of the most affordable EVs in the market and might force Tesla to re-look at its pricing strategy. GM is targeting a spring 2023 launch for the Chevrolet Blazer EV, so it will be interesting to see if the company can stick to that deadline.