Chevrolet has taken the electric vehicle market by storm with a number of different EV offerings. After the release of the popular Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, the automaker has continued to expand its electric portfolio to include EV versions of a number of its most popular ICE models. Enter the Chevrolet Equinox EV, a crossover unlike any other.
The Equinox EV is an impressive addition to Chevy’s growing fleet of electric vehicles and will be offered in two forms, the LT and RS. Within these two distinct options, there are several available trims, drive configurations, and range options available.
In this electric vehicle spotlight, we’ll explore the options, safety features, battery life, and performance of the Chevrolet Equinox EV that make it one of the hottest EVs of 2023. We’ll also show you how to save a ton of money by financing your purchase through EV Life.
Chevrolet Blazer Specs, Design, and Safety Features
Chevy Blazer Interior and Exterior
Like most new EVs by Chevrolet, the Blazer was designed from the ground up using GM’s Ultium platform. The crossover is about nine inches longer than its gas-powered counterpart, giving a little extra room to rear passengers.
The exterior features a simple yet futuristic design, which is complemented by its tech-heavy interior, which contains a large infotainment display, a fully digital gauge cluster, and a variety of two-tone color schemes available.
Chevrolet Blazer Performance
Chevy has yet to disclose specific performance details for all trim levels of the new Blazer EV, so some results may vary. However, on paper, the SS model promises to deliver impressive performance, boasting a remarkable 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque. It also features a “Wide Open Watts” mode that will hit 0 to 60 mph in just under four seconds. Pair that with high-performance Brembo brakes and a specially tuned sport chassis, and the Blazer SS is engineered for powerful performance.
The base model 2LT features standard front-wheel drive along with the option for eAWD with a dual motor setup. The RS is even more flexible, offering a single motor setup with power either to the front or rear axle or an all-wheel drive option with a dual-motor setup. The top-of-the-line SS trim comes standard with all-wheel drive. One-pedal driving and regenerative braking are also standard for all trims.
Chevrolet Blazer Safety Features
Every Chevrolet Blazer EV model comes standard with numerous safety features, including:
· 360-degree view camera system
· Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping driver-assistance
· Available adaptive cruise control with hands-free driving mode
· Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
· Reverse Automatic Braking that automatically provides alerts and/or emergency braking to help avoid collisions with detected objects and vehicles directly behind you when reversing
Chevrolet Blazer Battery Options
GM’s new Ultium Platform, on which the Chevrolet Blazer is built, provides enough power and versatility for any situation, whether you are going across town or across the country. Every Blazer EV model supports 190 kW DC fast charging, giving you up to 78 miles of range in just 10 minutes. For AC charging, it operates at 11.3 kW.
It’s also important to note that Chevy’s BEV3 electrical architecture is software-based, which means future updates via GM’s ULTIFI could potentially improve charging rates.
Comparing Chevrolet Blazer Trims at a Glance
|Chevrolet Blazer Version||Base Price (est.)||Range||Horsepower (est.)||EV Tax Credit|
|Blazer 2LT||$56,715||279 miles||TBA||$7,500|
|Blazer RS AWD||$60,215||279 miles||TBA||$7,500|
|Blazer SS||$65,995||320 miles||597 hp||$7,500|
How to Save Money on Your Chevrolet Blazer EV
If you’re in the market to purchase a Chevrolet Blazer or other EV, PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle), or FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle), there are tons of ways to save money and offset the sticker price. In addition to the much-publicized federal EV tax credit, there are also a variety of other state and local programs that can help you save money on your new EV.
There are programs that offer you money to retire your older, gas-powered vehicles, grants and rebates to cover the cost of home EV charger stations and installation, as well as a number of local EV incentives that include free charging locations, carpool and express lane decals, toll discounts, and more.
EV Incentive Programs
· Federal Tax Credit. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 outlined a federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500 for qualified drivers looking to purchase an EV. Electric cars with an MSRP of $55,000 SUVs and electric trucks with an MSRP of up $80,000 may qualify, including the Chevrolet Blazer EV.
· Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). For Californians, the CVRP offers rebates of up to $7,500 for the purchase of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
· Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP), another California-based incentive, offers grants and loan assistance to lower-income drivers to help buy or lease low-emission or zero-emission vehicles, including EVs and plug-in hybrids.
· Clean Cars 4 All. The Clean Cars 4 All program helps lower-income Californians by offering cash incentives of up to $9,500 to retire their older gas-powered vehicles and invest in EVs.
· Colorado Electric Vehicle Tax Credit. The newly passed Colorado EV tax credit offers Colorado residents a state tax credit of up to $5,000 toward the purchase of an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a price tag of up to $80,000.
*Be sure to visit the websites of each program for more information on complete eligibility details.
Taking Advantage of Your EV Incentives
The only problem with all these incentives, rebates, and grants? Each one has its own complex set of vehicle, driver, and income eligibility requirements, which can make it difficult to figure out whether you or your preferred EV qualify. And you won’t get much help from the dealership or your traditional auto lender, neither of which are willing to help you sort through the fine print on government websites or apply your potential rebates to your loan or down payment.
Instead, you sort through page after page of complex legalese before you can even apply. Then you end up waiting an average of 6-18 months before you get approved. The answer? The EV Climate Loan from EV Life.
Financing Your Chevy Blazer with EV Life
EV Life eliminates the complicated EV incentive process and helps you use your tax credits, rebates, and grant money to finance your new vehicle purchase immediately. Here’s how the EV Climate Loan works:
· Find savings. EV Life will help determine your complete eligibility details and make sure you apply for every federal, state, and local program that you qualify for.
· Apply savings. EV Life will then prequalify you in minutes for your incentives and apply them directly to your loan as an incremental down payment. This can reduce your monthly payments by as much as $200 per month and save you an average of $10,000 on your purchase.
It’s that simple. Financing your electric vehicle through EV Life is the best way to maximize your savings and lower your payments, period. Get pre-qualified today and find out how much you could save on your new Chevrolet Blazer EV.