The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is an exciting development for General Motors, a company with what it believes to be a game-changing electrification platform. Meanwhile, motoring experts will be watching as the new all-eletric rather than hybrid Chevvy goes to head-to-head in a battle for market share with Tesla’s Model Y. And a great many of them are predicting a win for GM and Chevrolet. Consumers seem to have gotten wind of the buzz too, with preorders for 2023 already selling out.
An Edmonton Chevrolet dealership confirms that the Chevrolet Blazers’ relaunch in 2019 drew a lot of support, and the EV iterations of this winning model are already gaining market traction. There’ll be four ranges under the Chevrolet Blaze EV banner: the 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS with most analysts recommending the RS with its 320-mile range.
To get a grip on why so many people are putting their money on the new Chevrolet as a competitor for Tesla’s Model Y, let’s jump to a comparison.
When it comes to looking good, both the Tesla Model Y and the Chevrolet Blazer EV are as hot as they come. But the Chevvy appears more muscular while the Tesla has a slimmed down, minimalistic look. In the US, at least, beefy looks have greater appeal, and this factor alone could win GM market-share.
In terms of interiors, Tesla has gone for minimalism with a bare-looking dash featuring an (admittedly larger) touchscreen that doesn’t match the contours of the dash. It looks quite good, but will it appeal as much as what the Blazer’s dash has to offer? In the Blazer, the rounded vents give it a retro feel, but there’s nothing retro about the two screens incorporated neatly into the dash. In addition, the Tesla doesn’t have a screen where you’d expect it to be, behind the steering wheel for monitoring the car’s “vital signs” at a glance, whereas the Chevvy does.
Despite similarities in looks and functionality, there’s a huge difference in price between the Tesla and The Chevrolet. Comparing what you get for the money will definitely make the average consumer lean towards the Chevrolet. Both cars accelerate fast, and although the Tesla has the greater range, the Chevrolet’s should be more than enough for convenience.
In essence, you’re not getting a great deal more in terms of features and capability from a Tesla than you’d get from a significantly lower-priced Chevrolet. And with not everyone liking the compact-car looks of the Model Y or its rather blank-looking dashboard, the price difference is likely to be the final deciding factor in the race for sales.
Covering all the bases, General Motors offers a range of excellent EVs across its brands and price points. If a Chevrolet doesn’t sound glamorous enough for you, perhaps the Cadillac will suit you better. GM’s competitors will be watching closely as the company rolls out its lates models, and so will consumers in the market for a new EV.