Chevy Equinox EV 2024 is hailed as everyone’s first electric vehicle

General Motors wants to be the world’s biggest seller of electric vehicles, and the new 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV is meant to play a major role in that effort. Built on GM’s Ultium platform, this midsize SUV will cover up to 300 miles and will start at “around $30,000” — an affordable price point meant to encourage wider EV adoption.

That means that when the Chevy Equinox EV arrives in dealerships in the fall of 2023, it will start at a price that will be $13,000 less than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, $35,000 less than the Tesla Model Y, and nearly $1,000 less than the Hyundai. The Ioniq 5. And it will join Chevy’s rapidly growing EV lineup, which includes the Silverado EV, Bolt EV and EUV, and the Blazer EV.

It’s been almost nine months since GM CEO Mary Barra appeared at CES in Las Vegas and announced that the Chevy Equinox EV would start at $30,000. And a lot has happened since then, including historical inflation and supply chain constraints, which have led many automakers to raise prices for their entry-level EVs. But Chevy insists the $30,000 price tag is more than aspirational.

“We have every intention of building and selling vehicles that will start at that price range,” Scott Bell, vice president of global sales at Chevy, said during a recent briefing with reporters. “So that’s critical to the success of what we’re doing at Chevrolet — building an EV for everyone.”

Most EVs on the market today cost more than their fuel equivalent, although EV sales figures are still growing as more models become available. GM hopes a more affordable EV with a recognizable nameplate like the Equinox can help spur a faster switch to electric power. Other EV makers have promised affordable options only to be tripped up by battery costs, supply chain issues, and other external factors.

Of course, a lot can happen between now and when the Equinox EV goes on sale that could change GM’s plans. Chevy played coyly about the exact pricing for the Equinox, too, refusing to reveal how much each trim level would cost and promising those numbers at a later date.

The base model 1LT will come standard with front-wheel drive with an estimated range of 250 to 300 miles.
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The AWD version lowers the range to 280 miles.
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The Chevy Equinox EV 2024 will come in a variety of trim levels with varying battery sizes and range estimates. The base model 1LT, which starts at around $30,000, will come standard with front-wheel drive with an estimated EPA value range of 250 to 300 miles. Upgrading to an all-wheel drive format will lower the range to 280 miles.

There will be two more LT trims, 2LT and 3LT, as well as two higher-spec RS variants, 2RS and 3RS, with darker interiors and more technology inside. Each version will also have the option to upgrade to AWD.

Interested buyers can also add Super Cruise, GM’s driver-assist feature that allows hands-free driving on 400,000 miles of North American roads. Super Cruise options for around $2,200 for the Chevy Bolt EUV, for example, but prices vary from model to model.

How does it look?

The exterior design of the LT trim is similar to the gas-powered version, except for two distinct changes. The front is completely different, with thin light bars across the entire width of the vehicle and the addition of horizontal styling that, oddly enough, looks a lot like the Ford Mustang Mach-E. For the RS version, the underside of the front fascia is all black, with a recognizable red RS label in the top right corner. Chevy also offers a two-tone roof on the LT model and an optional black roof for the RS trim.

The lower-priced models, the 1LT and 2LT, will have 19-inch wheels, the 2RS will get 20-inch wheels, and the 3LT and 3RS will have 21-inch wheels. Bigger wheels mean a higher ride height, but they also tend to reduce reach.

Like most EVs, the Equinox will come standard with single-pedal drive, allowing the vehicle to accelerate and decelerate to a full stop using only the accelerator. When paired with regenerative braking, the driver can use single-pedal drive to return energy to the battery, increasing range.

The standard front-wheel drive Equinox EV will get 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, while the AWD version will clock in at 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. Chevy does not give the vehicle a 0-60mph acceleration time.

Chevy did not reveal the size or capacity of the battery.
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Chevy doesn’t give any important details about battery capacity, so we’ll have to wait to find out how much energy these items can use.

The charging port is located on the driver’s side fender. The Equinox EV will come standard with an 11.5kW charging module, which is expected to add a range of up to 34 miles per charge hour. The 3RS model with AWD comes with a 19.2kW module, which can add a range of up to 51 miles per hour on a charge. All models will be capable of receiving fast charging speeds of up to 150kW, allowing a range of about 70 miles added in 10 minutes.

GM has said that most of its Ultium-powered vehicles will have a 400-volt battery pack and fast charging capability of up to 200kW – but, to keep the price of the Equinox EV low, it appears to be opting for a slightly smaller, cheaper one. strong architecture.

When it comes to charging, GM is in the process of building a “coast-to-coast” EV charging network in partnership with truck stops Pilot and Flying J and managed by EVgo. GM doesn’t have its own charging station similar to Tesla’s Supercharger network. But the company has its own app and vehicle software called the Ultium Charge 360 ​​network for use with a variety of third-party charging services, such as Blink, ChargePoint, EVgo, Flo, Greenlots, and SemaConnect.

The LT trim has a functional interior with an 11-inch infotainment screen.
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While the RS trim features a darker interior, a bigger screen, and more technology.
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Inside, the Equinox EV has functionality, as its gas-powered name suggests. The 1LT and 2LT versions will come standard with an 11-inch instrument cluster and an 11-inch infotainment screen, while the 3LT, 2RS, and 3RS models will have a larger 17.7-inch infotainment screen.

There are two rows that can accommodate five – how comfortable that will be, however, remains to be seen, although most EVs are quite roomy thanks to the lack of a gear tunnel. The Equinox EV will have 57 cubic feet (1,614 liters) of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded down — which is less than 64 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the petrol version.

Chevy says the electric Equinox will have a longer wheelbase than the regular version by about nine inches but won’t reveal exact dimensions.

At 21 inches, the RS model will have larger wheels than the base trim.
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Last thought

GM says it plans to spend $30 billion by 2025 on 30 new plug-in models in its bid to overtake Elon Musk’s company as the world’s leading EV company. Tesla still dominates the relatively small EV market in the US, with a market share of around 66 percent, while GM’s is only around 6 percent. This year, the company has even outsold older auto rivals such as Ford and Hyundai, according to CNBC.

The Chevy Equinox EV will be built at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant, Mexico. That means meeting one of the new requirements to qualify for the $7,500 tax credit. Whether it will meet other sources’ requirements regarding its battery material remains to be seen. Starting January 1, 2023, some GM vehicles will again be eligible for the tax credit for the first time since 2019, after the company sold its 200,000th EV, triggering a halt in incentives.

In a desperate bid to catch up with Tesla and become more vertically integrated, GM is trying to gain a firmer understanding of its supply chain, which includes manufacturing batteries. The company has said it will spend more than $4 billion on the construction of two battery factories in North America in partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem.

GM also said it would explore localizing a cathode production facility with LG Chem by the end of 2025. It also recently locked in 950,000 tons of cathode material in a deal with a South Korean battery maker.

Also, GM has resisted the urge to raise prices on its lowest-priced EV, the Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV, even as other EVs have gone up in price. In fact, the company has decided to maintain the discounted price for Bolts until the end of the year.

All of which will be good news for the affordability of the Equinox EV when it starts rolling off the assembly line in late 2023.

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