Slowly but surely, more and more models from respected manufacturers are trying their hand at electric cars. Chevy’s first foray into electric vehicles began with the Bolt EV, followed a few years later by the Bolt EUV. Now we see the Chevy EV list grow again with the introduction 2024 Chevy Blazer EV. The Blazer is a well-known mid-size SUV that has recently used fuel-efficient powertrains that are also high-performance. The Blazer is also known for its decent towing capacity, especially for a mid-size SUV, and it’s roomy to boot. All these impressive features make many drivers wonder: What will the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV bring?

The 2024 Blazer EV has been confirmed to cost more than its non-electric counterpart; however, it’s nothing new when an existing car gets the EV treatment. For example, the Ford F-150 Lightning accompanies the F-150, with the former costing significantly more than a non-electric pickup truck. As I’ll discuss shortly, the Blazer EV’s extra cost isn’t because of its power, but because it has to be more than meets the eye.

Chevy has a great opportunity to bring its SUV lineup into the EV fray, and the Bolt EUV is the first step toward achieving that goal. Now, the Blazer EV will bring a mid-size SUV to the mix, and the anticipation of its potential success is as powerful as the hype surrounding its launch. There’s also been confirmation of more Chevy SUVs coming to the electric market, such as the Equinox midsize model, but that’s another story. In the meantime, let’s discuss why people should be looking forward to the 2024 Blazer EV.

Performance: It’s pretty good

The 2024 Blazer EV will be much different to drive than its gasoline counterpart. Driving an electric car feels unique, especially compared to your regular car. The difference comes down to the lack of a transmission, which provides a smooth feeling of acceleration. Instead, driving an electric vehicle is more like driving a go-kart, in simple terms. Chances are, you’ve heard of this type of transmission called a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The gasoline-powered Blazer uses a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine or a 3.6L V6 engine, both mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. At best, the 2023 Blazer produces 308 hp. and 270 lb-ft of torque thanks to the 3.6-liter V6 engine, and it’s not yet confirmed if that will change for the 2024 model year.

What we do know about the performance of the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV is that it puts out up to 557 hp. If plain blazerPowertrains will remain the same next year, with the Blazer EV producing a dramatic 80.8% increase in horsepower over its gasoline equivalent, not to mention a four-second 0-60 mph time. With both AWD and FWD options, the Blazer EV looks like a worthy contender not only for commuting, but perhaps for light SUVs as well. Everything we’ve seen indicates that the Blazer EV really does bring something unique to the table with its performance. However, other people wonder: how much money will drivers save without the need for fuel?

Saying goodbye is not always difficult

Saying goodbye is not always difficult; by that I mean those often high fuel costs and dreaded trips to the gas station. That’s not to say people can never visit a gas station — after all, who doesn’t love coffee, cheap hot dogs, and lottery tickets? The benefits come down to the money and time people will save by not requiring constant trips to the gas station. However, if you spend as much or more time charging your EV, it’s not the best trade-off. With the discussion of fuel economy ratings and mileage ranges, does the 2024 Blazer EV bring anything to the table? Apparently, Chevy claims that the most energy-efficient battery configuration can go 320 miles on a single full charge. Speaking of fast charging, the Blazer EV is no different than other Chevy vehicles, meaning charging can be relatively quick depending on the type of charger the driver uses.

Paired with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, the 2023 Blazer achieves a respectable 427 miles of mileage. Not bad, but the question remains, is 33% more mileage than a full tank worth it if you have to spend money to get your car running? Given that the regular Blazer uses a 19.4-gallon fuel tank, drivers will be spending a pittance to fill up the tank, potentially every week or even sooner. Like any other EV, Blazer E.V can charge while drivers are not using the car, such as when they are sleeping at home or while shopping, as more shopping centers regularly install charging stations. If that’s not a game changer, I don’t know what is.

Ahead of your time or right on time?

The Chevy Blazer received notable improvements for the 2023 model year, but the 2024 Blazer EV should be a step up. The 2023 Blazer was launched with a lot of new technology, and for its price, it’s one of the strongest numbers the manufacturer can make for a midsize SUV. For example, nowadays infotainment centers can make or break a car’s multimedia experience. Chevy upgraded the Blazer for every 2023 model year to install a 10-inch touchscreen: a notable jump from the already respectable 8-inch screen in previous models.

All Chevy had to do for the Blazer EV was match the Blazer’s technology. Instead, the Blazer EV gets an even more robust infotainment center with a massive 17.7-inch screen to display important information such as navigation and other integrated apps. The 17.7-inch screen is 77% larger than the Blazer’s current screen size. The Blazer EV will have both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, just like the gasoline-powered Blazer. There’s also wireless phone charging, and a full-featured 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot allows drivers and passengers to connect to fast and secure internet on their wireless devices wherever they are. The Blazer EV brings a lot to the table with its impressive display of technology, especially with the absence of wires needed to enjoy it.

The red interior of the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV is shown from the driver's seat.

Super Cruise: Quickly picks up pace

The Bolt EUV released the first showing of Super Cruise. Super Cruise is a feature that allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel along with their feet off the pedals and effortlessly let the car take over acceleration, braking and small turns. Super Cruise assisted driving is similar to autonomous driving; however, the driver should be aware of their surroundings while using this feature as it is not fully automated. Not every street allows Super Cruise, but thousands of roads in the United States are currently on the list of compatible roads, and the list continues to grow. The list of streets and freeways on the compatibility list is over 200,000 miles of road travel with Super Cruise, and there’s sure to be more.

When the driver is driving on one of these roads, the steering wheel will illuminate a green bar indicating that Super Cruise is ready to be activated. Features like Super Cruise are something I’ve been hoping to see in new Chevy vehicles, and the Blazer EV will be the latest offering to include them. The Super Cruise is the future to suit the Blazer EV, as the future is undoubtedly electric vehicles, especially if they continue to make such strides.

The 2024 Blazer EV is here, and it’s ready to make its mark

While the Blazer EV certainly isn’t the first all-electric SUV to debut in the growing EV market, Chevy is making sure the Blazer EV turns heads when it debuts in the summer of 2023. Obviously, no longer being a slave to the pump If not the main reason to consider this car, but with so many electric vehicles on the market, what makes the Blazer EV stand out? Perhaps that answer lies in the details. While it’s already packed with impressive power and a long range, features like a monstrous 17.7-inch infotainment touchscreen and available Super Cruise hands-free technology could give it an edge over EV rivals. We may not know what’s in store for this car, but it’s sure to make an impressive showing and grab the attention of the all-electric car market for the foreseeable future.