General Motors’ Future Models – Chevy Goes Electric

Suddenly, at least in North America, everything is changing for GM’s number one brand as the electric vehicle revolution gathers pace.

After a potential battery fire hazard caused an extended production shutdown of the Bolt and Bolt EUV, Chevrolet badly needs some circuitry with its upcoming EVs. Will the next Silverado EV, Blazer EV and other electric models offer what it takes to take on Tesla?

Crossovers and SUVs

An electric version of Chevy’s best-selling Equinox is coming, Mark Reuss said during an October 2021 investor presentation. GM’s president further said the list price would be around US$30,000. No launch date has been revealed, but during an online presentation in January, CEO Mary Barra said it would be in 2023.

The Equinox EV should offer a first look at how the next generation ICE-powered Equinox will look when it launches in 2024 or 2025. This model will use a different platform, however.

Mary Barra also said earlier this year that a larger model, the Blazer EVwould arrive in North American markets in Spring 2023 for the 2024 model year. This was later delayed to “Summer 2023”.

GM is targeting the Blazer EV on the Ford Mustang Mach-e with a high-performance SS variant targeting the Mach-e GT. And like the Mustang and Mustang Mach-e, aside from the name, there’s no connection between the Blazer and the Blazer EV.

Exceptionally, there will be front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive variants. The choices are:

  • 1LT – FWD (available from Q1 2024)
  • 2LT – FWD or AWD optional (Aug 23)
  • RS – FWD, RWD or AWD (Aug ’23)
  • SS – AWD (Oct ’23), two engines, combined outputs of 415 kW (557 hp) and 878 Nm (648 lb ft)
  • PPV (Police Pursuit Vehicle) – as per SS but available with RWD as well as AWD

General Motors has yet to announce full specifications – that information will be added as it is released. The architecture is however known, it is BEV3.

At the moment it is unknown whether the Blazer EV will also be made in China, but it seems likely. American construction will take place at Factory Zero, the renamed D-HAM (Detroit-Hamtramck) factory in Michigan.

Ford received a lot of flak for using the Mustang name when launching the Mach-E. But the gas-powered pony car sits in a cheaper segment than GM’s world-famous sports car. Creating an electric sedan and calling it a Corvette is therefore an even trickier challenge than the one Ford has faced.

Why not an e-Camaro SUV instead? It seems that General Motors thinks there will be more money to be made with an electric five-door fastback Corvette. Additionally, the Camaro name could be mothballed once production of the existing coupe and convertible ends in 2025.

The Corvette e-SUV will probably be sized between 4.6 and 4.9m long. GM’s second-generation Ultium batteries are expected to come with several Ultium Drive-branded motors. Construction is expected to take place at the Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, starting in 2025.

Pick up

A battery-powered version of the Chevy Silverado was confirmed by General Motors in April 2021. The premiere, originally scheduled for CES ’22, still happened in January, but was instead online due to concerns over COVID infections. . The prototype’s physical debut took place in February 2022, just weeks after CES, at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Silverado EV will initially be manufactured at Factory Zero. Production begins in 2023, with Orion Township/Assembly, another Michigan plant, expected to be built starting in 2024. Annual production capacity of the electric Silverado and its GMC Sierra EV twin will be 600,000 trucks combined, according to GM.

Official details include up to 664 horsepower with over 780 lb-ft of torque (in Wide Open Watts mode on RST model) and standard DC fast charging up to 350 kW on WT (“Work Truck”) and RST . GM further notes up to 10.2 kW of external power on WT and RST with optional equipment, plus up to 10,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity and 1,300 pounds of payload on RST.

The timing of its arrival in 2023 means the EV will launch a year or more before the next Silverado form (ICE variants are expected to be replaced in 2025). However, while the name may be consistent with Chevrolet’s mainstream truck, it’s one of the few things it will share. Indeed, GM is basing the electric vehicle on the same electric-only architecture as the GMC Hummer EV and Hummer EV SUV. These large electric vehicles will be manufactured in the same factory.

Part of GM’s January 2021 media statement noted various launch details: “In the spring of 2023, the Silverado EV will launch a WT model offering GM’s longest-range battery with a GM-estimated range of over 400 miles. on a full charge. In Fall 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model, also offering a 400-mile range, will debut with an MSRP of $105,000 + DFC.”

“After ramping up production, Chevrolet will launch the full Silverado EV portfolio, including WT (with a starting MSRP of $39,900 + DFC), RST, Trail Boss and more. Customers will have the option of content [sic] the truck in different price ranges, with MSRPs around $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, $80,000 and more, allowing them to choose the truck that meets their capacity and price needs “, adds the press release.

The Ultium branded battery will have LG Chem cells, the platform is BT1 and the life cycle is expected to be eight years. That would mean a facelift in CY2027.

A feature highlighting some other global Chevrolet models, this time IC-powered, will follow.

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