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GM unveils $30,000 electric SUV that will be one of the cheapest electric vehicles available

The average electric vehicle available today has a base price of around $47,500, according to Edmunds.com. The $30,000 price tag for the Equinox EV would, of course, be for the bare-bones version with no optional features. This price does not include tax credits, but GM is not currently eligible for any electric vehicle tax credits, anyway, and it is uncertain whether any GM vehicles would qualify under the neither are new rules.

Of the 2022 model year mainstream electric vehicles, only the Nissan Leaf, with its base price of $28,500, costs less and it also currently qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. There are also a few other models in the $30,000 to $30,000 price range. Among them are Chevrolet’s own Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV SUV.

Although it bears the same name, the Equinox EV shares very little with the small gas-powered SUV that is Chevrolet’s second best-selling model after the Silverado pickup. GM took the same approach with the Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup and the Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV, both of which were unveiled earlier this year. They only share their names and their basic size and shape with gas models. All three, along with GM’s GMC Hummer EV truck and Cadillac’s Lyriq SUV, are built around the same electric vehicle battery design and structure.
The Equinox EV is almost three inches wider than the gasoline model and slightly shorter, measured from roof to ground. Unlike some electric vehicles, it has no front trunk. Instead, the underhood area contains electronic gear and the front electric motor. GM (GM) The designers and engineers decided to save the cost and complexity of trying to create space under the hood and spend time and money developing the vehicle to create a better experience inside the car. cabin,” said Scott Bell, GM vice president for Chevrolet.

The Equinox EV will be available with two-tone paint jobs, which has been an industry trend for several years. Customers who get the sportier RT models can get a black roof with a different body color while those who get the standard LT models can choose a contrasting white roof.

The cheapest version will be the so-called Blazer 1LT with a single 210 horsepower engine powering the front wheels only. It will have a full range on a full charge of around 250 miles. The Equinox EV 1LT SUVs will also be available with longer range – up to 300 miles – and with all-wheel drive and a range of up to around 280 miles, but those versions will likely cost more. All-wheel-drive versions will be able to pull up to 290 horsepower from two electric motors.

The better-equipped versions, the 2LT and sportier RS, will have either a 300-mile range or all-wheel-drive with a range of up to 280 miles. Unlike the more expensive Blazer EV, the Equinox EV will only be available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. There will be no rear-wheel-drive option.


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