Chevrolet revealed some exciting future electronification technology at SEMA360. Specifically, the automakers showed off an all-electric 1977 K5 Blazer, demonstrating the impressive functionality of the new Electric Connect and Cruise package.
The new K5 Blazer-E has all the features drivers appreciate about the Blazer plus new parts from the eCrate package, about 90 percent of which come from the Bolt EV. To create this innovative model, Chevrolet replaced the SUV’s 175-horsepower V8 with the Bolt EV electric motor, which delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
The K5 Blazer-E has a 400-volt Bolt EV battery pack, which still comes with battery heating and cooling, battery-overcharge protection, shock protection, and regenerative braking. Aftermarket components, like an electric pump that provides vacuum to the stock brake system and an electric power steering kit, are also included.
By unveiling this all-electric model, Chevrolet is adding to the excitement of the Electric Connect and Cruise package, which will be available in late 2021. This package includes a 200-horsepower electric motor, a battery pack, wiring harnesses, water pumps, and more. Chevrolet Performance is also looking to offer other eCrate packages moving forward.
The upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise package will be a fantastic option if you want to drive a more eco-friendly vehicle. Stay tuned to the College Chevrolet Buick for more updates on new vehicle technologies and features.
National Drive Electric Week had its largest year yet in early September, logging over 200 events across the United States. However, one of the largest events was held in Los Angeles–which comes to no surprise, really, as California is one of the most receptive markets for electric cars. The LA event featured two new, unreleased vehicles: the 2016 Nissan Leaf, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
Electric cars are becoming more popular among drivers who want to do their part in being environmentally conscious, and vehicles like the Leaf and Bolt are helpful in reducing emissions. Every time an EV is bought, the air gets a little cleaner. And with new, longer ranges on our electric vehicles, EVs are slowly becoming more and more convenient.
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will have an unprecedented range of 107 miles. However, if buyers wait one more year for the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, they can get a 200 mile range for a base sticker price of $37,500. The two cars lured in over 800 test drives for National Drive Electric Week, despite the Los Angeles heat.
When Chevrolet first introduced the Spark electric vehicle, it kick-started a movement in the all-electric vehicle segment to offer more affordable electric cars. Now, the popular mini-car has made such an impact on the industry that Chevrolet Spark sales have added a brand-new state to its list: Maryland.
“The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing. “Following the introduction of the next-generation Volt and Bolt EV concept, this further reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and delivering more choices where our customers want them.”
Maryland is the perfect locale for the Chevrolet Spark with a high number of commuters and a network of charging stations across the state. The Spark is priced as low as $17,845 in Maryland, after both federal and state tax credits.
While the Spark has yet to grace Michigan with its sales, Chevrolet still has plenty of eco-friendly cars to offer. Stop in to College Chevrolet Buick today to see what your fuel-efficient options are.
Chevrolet is making some changes when it comes to their electric vehicle lineup by expanding its battery manufacturing assembly plant in Brownstown, Michigan. Going forward, Chevrolet will be manufacturing the batteries for the 2015 Spark EV at their growing plant. This movement was made possible by Chevrolet’s extensive partnership with LG Chem.
With the new plant, comes a new and improved battery system. The all-new battery system will weigh 474 lbs which is 86 lbs lighter than previous models. The battery will have a capacity of 19 kWh and will use 192 lithium ion cells. Although the battery is getting smaller, the 2015 Spark EV will maintain its 119 MPGe and EPA-estimated 82 mpg.
Other batteries being built at this facility include those for the Cadillac ELR, Chevy Volt, and Opel Ampera. Chevrolet hopes to streamline all of its EVs to be more efficient and more easily produced than ever. The 2015 Chevy Spark EV is available now at an MSRP of only $19,995 and also includes full federal incentives.
As a Michigan based Chevy dealer, we are proud that GM is investing money into our home state. If you would like to know more about the Brownstown Battery Assembly plant, or the 2015 Chevy Spark EV stop by Chevrolet’s Newsroom!