Inflation has reached new highs in the US and Europe. However, this does not prevent Chevrolet from presenting what it says is the cheapest model in the compact SUV segment.
In a press release, the automaker reveals details of the upcoming Chevy Equinox EV for the first time. This is a fully electric version of the well-known Equinox, which is scheduled to appear in 2024. The starting price for the car is said to be $30,000.
Electric cars for everyone
“The Equinox EV is an electric vehicle for everyone,” Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell said in the statement. “It’s an affordable game changer that offers an uncompromised experience with more features that won’t change your daily routine — except stop at the gas station.”
With a fully charged battery, the Equinox EV can travel around 480 kilometers. It can then be recharged with up to 150 kW on the fast charger. General Motors gives a guarantee of 8 years or 100,000 miles for the battery, which corresponds to around 160,000 kilometers.
“Chevrolet is with you on every aspect of the EV experience,” said Bell. “The Equinox EV has the range to get you where you want to go, the roominess for your passengers and gear, and the technology to do it all comfortably and safely.”
The standard features include rear parking assistance, lane departure warning, seat heating, steering wheel heating, and even windscreen wiper heating. So they can do their work even in icy temperatures.
Chevrolet’s battery problems
Chevrolet has already had some experience with electric cars. In 2020, the Chevy Bolt became a safety hazard as the battery burst into flames on some models. As a result, around 68,000 models were recalled.
In another case, a Chevy Volt owner was trying to get a replacement battery for his old vehicle. However, a new battery installed in the workshop would have been more expensive than a comparable new car.
According to the workshop, the reason for this was that the vehicle was already 12 years old and it was no longer so easy to find suitable batteries.