Edmunds’ Longterm Test of 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV Not Going Well
Edmunds.com, an automotive publication that buys its longterm test vehicles, has owned and tested numerous new electric vehicles. Unfortunately, their experiences with these newly released models have not been great. Edmunds’ most recent acquisition, the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, is no exception.
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During a road trip from Los Angeles to San Diego the car lit up like a Christmas tree with error messages. When they took it to a dealer, they received “the single longest list of major faults we at Edmunds have ever seen on a new car.” Edmunds includes the entirety of its list in its post along with a full rundown of what happened.
In a recent update on their longterm test of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, Edmunds highlighted multiple issues they have experienced with the vehicle. One of the most significant concerns is the lack of range consistency. Despite having an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles, the Blazer EV’s actual range has fluctuated significantly. Edmunds observed a range of only 178 miles on one occasion, even though the car had been charged to 100%. This inconsistency makes it difficult to plan long trips and can be a significant inconvenience for Blazer EV owners.
Edmunds has also faced issues with the Blazer EV’s charging capability. The vehicle is equipped with a 400-volt fast-charging system that should provide up to 90 miles of charge in only 10 minutes. However, Edmunds has not been able to fully utilize this feature, as there are not many fast-charging stations available yet. Additionally, they found that the charging time with a level 2 charger was significantly slower than anticipated, taking up to 12 hours to charge from empty compared to the expected 9 hours.
Another issue Edmunds has experienced with the Blazer EV is related to the regenerative braking system. The Blazer EV’s regenerative braking system is supposed to help recharge the battery while driving, but Edmunds found it to be incredibly aggressive. According to their testers, the regen braking engaged abruptly and unexpectedly, causing a jerking sensation when driving at low speeds. This could be a significant turn-off for potential buyers.
Edmunds also noted other minor issues with the Blazer EV, including problems with the smartphone app, difficulty accessing the second-row seats, and a less-than-ideal user interface. While these may seem like minor issues, they could add up and significantly impact the overall ownership experience.
Edmunds’ longterm test of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV has not gone well so far. While some of the issues they have faced are minor, others like range inconsistency and charging capability have more significant impacts on the overall ownership experience. This highlights that being among the earliest adopters of a new EV model may not be the wisest move, at least not yet. As electric vehicle technology continues to evolve, it is likely that many of these issues will be resolved in future models. Until then, potential buyers should consider waiting until the kinks have been worked out before investing in the latest and greatest electric vehicles.