The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV starts at $44,995 in the U.S., $54,198 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.
Performance-focused SS variant boasts 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque.
Driving range estimated at between 247 and 320 miles, or 397 and 515 km, according to the chosen trim level and battery size.
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is one of several fully electric vehicles GM is about to launch in the North American market, all powered by its new Ultium battery and motor tech.
It’s also one of three Ultium-based EVs that will soon launch under the Chevrolet brand, alongside the Chevrolet Equinox EV compact crossover and the Chevrolet Silverado EV full-size pickup truck. The midsize Blazer EV is offered with a slew of powertrain options, including a high-performance variant that will be found in the Blazer EV SS. A targeted rival is the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Does it Have Decent Range?
It does. In base 1LT form, the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV will offer one battery size with a GM-estimated range of 247 miles or 397 kilometres, while the 2LT can cover a distance of up to 293 miles or 471 km between juice-ups. The Blazer EV RS is the best of the bunch with a driving range of 320 miles or 515 km, and the hot-blooded SS’ range is pegged at 290 miles or 467 km. Three battery pack sizes are planned to be available in the crossover.
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The Blazer EV comes standard with an 11.5 kW AC Level 2 charger, and DC fast charging is obviously possible as well, with a max charge speed of 190 kW on the RS and SS trims. GM figures that in the ideal conditions, up to 78 miles or 125 km of range can be replenished in just 10 minutes. GM’s Ultium Charge 360 app helps simplify the user experience with scheduled charging and access to more than 100,000 public stations across the U.S. and Canada. Curiously, GM announced the availability of a 19.2 kW on-board charger for the Equinox EV, but not the Blazer EV. It might come later.
As with most EVs today, one-pedal driving is available, meaning that when the driver lifts off the throttle, the energy recovery system is aggressive enough to act as a brake, slowing down the vehicle right down to an eventual complete stop. We can thus drive the Blazer EV without every touching the brake pedal—unless an emergency situation requires it, of course. There’s also what GM calls Regen on Demand, which is a wheel-mounted, pressure-sensitive paddle that can temporarily apply regenerative braking.
What does it have in common with the gas-powered Blazer?
Nothing, aside from the badge. They ride on totally different architectures, and even from a dimensions standpoint, they are quite different. While the conventional Blazer can be equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Blazer EV is a rare vehicle on the market that can be specified in FWD, RWD or AWD configurations.
As a matter of fact, the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV can be fitted with a single electric motor up front or a single electric motor at the rear, while two output levels are available by installing a motor on each axle, thus creating an all-wheel drivetrain. The most potent of which will be found in the Blazer EV SS.
An EV With an SS Badge? Seriously?
Electric motors produce gobs of instant torque, so it only makes sense that performance-minded variants of EVs will be available. Tesla models and their insane performance figures attest to that. In the case of the Blazer EV SS, it gets a two-motor setup as standard, with output reaching up to 557 horsepower along with a staggering 648 pound-feet of torque, good for 0-to-60 mph (0-to-96 km/h) blasts of less than four seconds.
However, straight-line performance doesn’t necessarily make a vehicle worthy of Chevy’s legendary SS badge. The Blazer EV SS also features 22-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes up front and a sport-tuned chassis. It will also stand out with its unique grille treatment, black-painted roof as well as front and rear skid plates. Eight paint colours will be on offer, and the SS will be available with either a black and gray interior with orange accents, or a red and black interior. Meanwhile, the 1LT and 2LT trims will feature 19-inch wheels, while the RS will get 21 inchers. All trims will include full LED exterior lighting, along with an animated center grille bar light with illuminated Chevy logo on the RS and SS.
Nostalgic folks will remember the late, great K5 Blazer full-size SUV that was pretty adept at off-road driving and looked the part as well. The electric Blazer and the current gas-powered Blazer are more akin to driving around town and cruising highways than hitting the unbeaten path. If you want an off-road GM vehicle, choose a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, a Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, a GMC Canyon AT4X, a GMC Sierra AT4X or a GMC Hummer EV.
What Features Can We Expect?
The final list of comfort and convenience items has yet to be sorted out, but we know that in the U.S., the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS will offer standard heated and ventilated front seats along with a heated steering wheel, and the SS will too in addition to boasting heated rear outboard seats. Chilly Canadian customers get heated front seats and steering wheel across all trim levels.
The five-passenger Blazer EV also gets available ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a rear camera mirror, a hands-free power tailgate, Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving, head-up display and the usual full suite of active safety features. Cloth, leather and leather with sueded accenting are available as well. Every trim level gets an 11-inch, fully digital driver instrument panel and a 17.7-inch infotainment system touchscreen, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and wireless phone charging. Also, thanks to GM’s Ultifi software platform, owners can receive over-the-air updates and download new features that will be made available over time.
When Can We Get One?
That might take a while, and interested buyers must start by reserving their unit through the Chevrolet USA or Chevrolet Canada websites. The first 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV variants to hit the streets are the 2LT and RS in the summer of 2023. The 2LT retails from about $47,595 in the U.S. and $58,798 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included, while the RS starts at about $51,995 in the U.S. and $63,498 in Canada.
The Blazer EV SS arrives in the fall of 2023 carrying an MSRP of approximately $65,995 in the U.S. and $83,198 in Canada, and the base 1LT trim is finding its way on our market in early 2024 at a starting price of about $44,995 in the U.S., $54,198 in Canada. Also in 2024, a Blazer EV PPV (Police Pursuit Vehicle) will be introduced wearing many of the SS’ mechanical components, so don’t say you weren’t warned.