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5 Questions Answered 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV: Five Questions Answered

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV: Five Questions Answered

Priced to create a long waitlist.

  • The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be available in limited quantities in the fall of 2023.

  • Three trim levels, driving range between 250 and 300 miles or 400 and 480 km.

  • Base price announced at around $30,000 in the U.S., $37,250 in Canada.

The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV made its public debut during the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, and will go on sale starting in the fall of 2023. The all-new fully electric compact crossover will seek to attract budget-minded eco-conscious buyers with an affordable price, fitting at the low end of GM’s strategy of offering an EV for everyone.

What’s the Driving Range?

Let’s get the all-important question out of the way. The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be available with two battery sizes, the smallest of which to be offered in the base 1LT trim level only. As equipped, the Equinox EV will boast a GM-estimated driving range of 250 miles or 400 km. The bigger battery is said to provide a range of 300 miles or 480 km in front-wheel drive variants, and 280 miles or 450 km when matched to the all-wheel drivetrain. Thanks to its Ultium battery technology, the Equinox EV can cover greater distances than the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV crossovers, which are EPA- and NRCan-rated at 259 miles (417 km) and 247 miles (397 km), respectively.

Trim LevelDrivetrainBatteryEstimated Range on a Full Charge (miles/km)
3LT (U.S. only)FWDBig300/450
3RS (U.S. only)FWDBig300/450

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 3RS | Photo: Chevrolet

What’s Under the Hood?

Not a trunk or a frunk. Instead, GM decided to stuff all the electric and electronic components under the hood of the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV in order to maximize cargo area space. The latter is rated at 57 cubic feet or 1,614 litres with the rear seatbacks folded down. Towing capacity is rated at 1,500 pounds or 680 kilograms.

Powertrain-speaking, the FWD variants get a single motor that produces 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, while the AWD variants benefit from a two-motor setup (one at each end) that generates a combined 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet. With AWD, the 0-to-60 mph (0-to-96 km/h) dash is estimated at 6.0 seconds. 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 Equinox 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.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 1LT | Photo: Chevrolet

How Fast Can it Charge?

The 2024 Chevy Equinox EV comes standard with an 11.5 kW Level 2 AC on-board charger. According to GM’s estimations, up to 34 miles or 54 km of range can be recovered for each hour connected to a 240-volt charger. The Equinox EV 3RS eAWD can be upgraded to a 19.2 kW charger, providing up to 51 miles or 82 km per hour on the plug.

Obviously, DC fast charging is possible as well, at a speed of up to 150 kW. During a 10-minute charge, GM figures range will increase by about 70 miles or 112 km.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 1LT | Photo: Chevrolet

What Trim Levels Are Offered?

The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be available in base 1LT trim, mid-grade 2LT and 2RS as well as uplevel 3LT and 3RS. In Chevy speak, RS means a sporty appearance, but not necessarily sporty driving dynamics, the latter being reserved for the SS badge. It’s worth noting that the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV will get a performance-focused SS variant, but not the Equinox EV.

The 1LT trim provides buyers with an essential set of features, including 19-inch alloy wheels, an 11-inch digital driver instrument cluster and an 11-inch infotainment system touchscreen. It also comes standard with a slew of active safety features, such as forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rear park assist and reverse automatic braking, GM’s Safety Alert Seat, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Canadian-spec 1LT will also get heated front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 3LT | Photo: Chevrolet

The U.S.-market 2LT gets the aforementioned heated seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated wheel, while the 2LT in both countries also features a LED light strip up front, roof rails, heated outside mirrors and a 17.7-inch infotainment screen, while a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, a surround vision camera system, Super Cruise and a power sunroof are optional. The 2RS upgrades to 20-inch alloy wheels.

The 3LT and 3RS offer a six-way power front passenger seat, ventilated front and heated rear outboard seats, a windshield wiper defroster, adaptive cruise control, a surround vision camera system, a hands-free power tailgate and 21-inch wheels, while head-up display, a rear camera mirror, a power sunroof, a Bose sound system and Super Cruise top the options list.

There are eight paint colors to choose from, some of which can be matched to a contrast black or white roof.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV

How Much Will it Cost?

Size-wise, the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be positioned above the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, but below the Chevrolet Blazer EV in the brand’s electric vehicle lineup. A limited-run edition of the 2RS trim will be produced first, and available starting in the fall of 2023. The other trim levels will follow in the spring of 2024, and the 1LT will start at about $30,000 in the U.S., about $37,250 in Canada. Both MSRPs include the destination freight charge, and exclude whatever rebates or tax credits are available for buyers of electrified vehicles. Pricing for the other trim levels will be announced at a later date.

Interested? Reservations will open at a date that has yet to be disclosed by GM. There are currently no fully electric crossovers that can match the Equinox EV’s projected price.

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