GM stops sales of the Blazer EV.
Following a slew of recent headlines about multiple problems, GM has just decided to temporarily stop sales of their newest EV model, the Chevrolet Blazer EV.
This follows not only the widely shared Edmunds story about getting 23 software-related problems on the Blazer EV they bought just 2 months ago, but many other complaints from customers. With dealers not being able to figure out what is wrong.
GM is hard at work on a software fix. “We’re aware that a limited number of customers have experienced software-related quality issues with their Blazer EV. Customer satisfaction is our priority and as such, we will take a brief pause on new deliveries.” Scott Bell, vice president of global Chevrolet, said in a statement. GM also mentioned this about the issues: ” not safety related nor related to Ultium or Google Built-In.”
Not safety related is debatable since many customers mentioned the whole screen going dead and it controls many functions, not just music and climate control. Google built-in usually works fine in other cars, so they could be right. However, that goes against their decision of dumping Apple Car Play and Android Auto and claiming these aren’t safe.
I think it might be a problem somehow related to the Ultium platform. Insideevs has reported from many owners with similar issues with the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. This is really bad news for GM and comes after multiple delays due to parts and battery shortages and other problems. If the issues are linked to the Ultium platform, this means both the Acura ZDX and Honda Prologue could be in trouble as well. (Honda must be freaking out right now…)
This couldn’t come at a worse time for GM, since they are putting so much effort and money into new and upcoming EVs, all of them being based on that same Ultium platform. VW has had software issues while developing its next-generation EV platform for upcoming Audi and Porsche models. This seems to have been resolved since the new Maycan EV is right around the corner, and so is the next Audi A6 EV. I haven’t heard of widespread or terrible issues from Kia/Hyundai EVs. And even most Tesla models are now very reliable.
This just shows how late legacy brands are with EV software and the trouble they are in trying to catch up to Tesla. Besides the stupid and unusable fake “Full self-driving” option, Tesla’s software and charging infrastructure are reliable and still miles ahead of anyone else.
This new GM problem could end up costing GM a fortune. This is really sad and actually hard to accept from such a huge company. A company that spends years developing and testing cars before they come out. How was this not noticed before, since it seems the problems show up very early?
So far, reviews of the new Chevrolet Blazer EV have been really good. Except for the pricing which is just too high. Even if it’s not a base model, the cheapest one available right now is the AWD version at almost $ 58,000. Or about $9000 more than a loaded Tesla Model Y AWD.
Too expensive and an already horrible reputation is pretty much a worst-case scenario for the new Blazer EV…