Eager to join and even surpass Tesla, General Motors finally unveils an electric car intended for mass distribution. The Chevrolet Blazer EV targets the Tesla Model Y directly, but won’t actually go on sale until summer 2023.
Like its compatriot Ford, General Motors promises investors that it can catch up with Tesla’s volumes by 2025. For the moment, everything is mainly akin to communication. The GMC Hummer EV can only achieve limited volumes. The same goes for the Cadillac Lyriq whose deliveries are beginning, the group’s top-of-the-range brand having had only a fairly limited distribution for many years.
The real volumes must come from Chevrolet, which for the moment presents vehicles without delivering them. This is the case of the Silverado EV pickup or the Equinox EV SUV. This will also be the case for this new Blazer, the deliveries of which will actually begin in the summer of 2023 for the first versions. Production will take place in Mexico at the Ramos Arizpe plant.
Performance and range aligned with the Model Y
Let’s be clear from the start, the Blazer EV targets the Model Y. An obvious fact confirmed by the characteristics announced by GM. The autonomy can thus reach 512 km in the EPA cycle, when the Model Y Long Range displays 525 km. The most powerful version, the Blazer SS, aligns 557 hp/879 Nm. It boasts a range of 464 km and a 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds (488 km and 3.7 s for the Model Y Performance ).
Originality of the Blazer, its Ultium platform shared with the Lyriq allows it to offer traction, propulsion or 4-wheel drive versions. An unprecedented offer on the non-utility market. GM will also take advantage of its presence in the police vehicle market, where Tesla is still struggling to break through, by immediately launching a Blazer homologated in the Police Pursuit category and based on the SS.
Even more than the gasoline Blazer, which will continue its career in parallel, the Blazer EV is positioned as a dynamic SUV. Its reduced height is here combined with a very long wheelbase for unusual proportions. Inside, there are also some evocations of the Camaro, but very current 11 and 17.7-inch screens, as is the absence of a start button. The Blazer EV incorporates all of GM’s latest technologies: Ultifi electronic architecture for remote updates of the entire vehicle, hands-free semi-autonomous driving (depending on the road) Super Cruise, etc.
GM will sell its electrical components to other automakers
On the electrical side, we still do not know the size of the batteries of the different versions. The models announcing the greatest autonomy should use the 100 kWh battery of the Cadillac Lyriq which announces 499 km of autonomy. An autonomy similar to the Model Y, but with 25 kWh more… Tesla therefore remains one step ahead of GM in terms of efficiency. The loading hatch is motorized. The charging power reaches 11.5 kW in alternating current, and 190 kW in direct current.