2024 Chevy Equinox EV Begins On The Road Testing56
General Motors unveiled the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV last September, pulling the sheets on an all-new, fully electrified compact crossover model. Now, GM Authority spy photographers have captured the new Chevy Equinox EV out on public roads undergoing road testing.
Essentially, road testing is part of the normal development procedure before a model hits full-scale production. As we can see here, our photographers spotted a 2024 Chevy Equinox EV that is painted in Summit White (paint code GAZ), or at least partially painted. As GM Authority covered previously, the 2024 Chevy Equinox will be available in eight different color combinations from launch.
This model is clearly still in the development process, with some of the body pieces left unpainted in matte gray.
As for the trim levels, customers will have five options available, including 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 2RS, and 3RS. This particular prototype is believed to be the RS.
Range varies between the different trims and configurations, with 250 miles, 280 miles, and 300 miles all on the list. Front-wheel drive with a single GM Ultium electric drive motor is up front as standard, while eAWD is optional. All models equipped with eAWD are rated at 280 miles per charge. Maximum output is rated at 210 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque for front-wheel drive models, and 290 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque for eAWD models.
The standard spec for the base-model 1LT includes manually adjustable seats, an 11-inch diagonal infotainment screen, 11-inch driver information display, and 19-inch wheels. Pricing will start around $30,000.
Per previous GM Authority coverage, the GM Super Cruise feature will be available as an optional extra on 2024 Chevy Equinox EV 2LT trim levels and above. Interested customers can activate the feature for $25 per month, or the feature can be had as an add-on for certain OnStar plans for $15 a month.
The 2024 Chevy Equinox EV rides on the GM BEV3 platform. Production will take place this Fall at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.
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I just noticed each wheel has 6 lugnuts. Usually this size vehicle would have 5. I wonder why?
It’s standardized across all the Ultium BEV3 and BT1 platforms. Likely for parts commonality and economies of scale.
All BT1 trucks so far are 8 lug
Lug nuts account for gross weight/ towing capacity, and torque output. Batteries are heavy and EVs inherently have abundant torque. Therefore the Ultium platform adopts at least 6 lugs per wheel across the board.
Those were my initial thoughts as well, but it appears competitors, such as the Mach-E and Model Y, only employ 5 lug nuts, so it does not appear consistent across all EV platforms. Perhaps GM is trying to be safer in this area.
Ask Toyota how well 5 lug bolts works. 🙂
It may have to do on wheel size and weight too.
These are heavy units and 6 will be stronger than 5 or 4 lugs in even clamping force.
Torque ratings are higher as are lug size.
Both the Model Y and Mach-E are under 5000 lbs and don’t share a platform with heavier vehicles.
The heaviest BEV3 vehicle so far is the Lyriq AWD which is 5915 lbs and I expect to see even heavier 3-row BEV3 vehicles. They needed to do 6 lug to handle the heavier EVs.
Look GM at least is doing the right thing with more vs less.
How many Ford including the Mustang came with 4 lugs vs the 5 they needed.
Keep in mind to the torque is much higher in the EV so they may also consider this too.
4 lugs on those old 6 cyl mustangs worked fine.
100 hp inline 6’s with around 2700 lbs to lug around meant 4 lugs were fine at the time. V8 Mustangs got 5 lugs
I saw a video about that the other day. All the vehicles using that platform use six lug wheels. Equinox, Blazer, even the new Honda EV that is using the GM skateboard, or at least design.
Weight. The Equinox’s 3500 lb vehicle weight probably increased to 5000 lb because of the battery pack.
The Equinox EV is expected to be ~4200 lbs.
Weight, those batteries are heavy.
All Blazers (ICE & EV) are 6 lug.
What are the maximum charging currents for Level 2 AC and DC?
DC: 150 kW
AC: 19.2 kW (80A)
You can get the 19.2 kW on the 3RS which is very impressive. I’ve been reading about and watching the review on a lot of EV’s and this is an unusually high number. There are a couple of catches though. Your house needs to be able to handle that and in the case of my house I’m sure it would require a fairly expensive upgrade to my panel. The Chevy website also says “available” on the 3RS which indicates to me that it will require buying an expensive package. I imagine that the 11.5 kW would do me just fine, but I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind the bragging rights and convenience of 19.2 kW. I just wouldn’t want to pay a lot for it. : )
Looks like it could really cleanup with the bearded hipster crowd. One pass and they’re clean-shaven. But then of course a long pause is in order, for some R&R (rest and recharge).
it will do well with the current gen of people that buy these little turtles, If the price actually is 30K and the range does not change much. for the average family truckster this works fine around town and probably acceptably on the highway with the DC fast charging option.
i am particularly interrested of the supercruise availability.
The blazer EV, currently on the Chevy site, is available to the SS trim only.
But the Equinox has it for the highest 3RS and 3LT trim.
Blazer being the higher and more expensive offering, why Chevy pull out the Supercruise availability?
It’s being fking long Chevy hasn’t provided the option list on the Blazer since July 18 launch. Common’.
Chevy had quote, the RS blazer and 2LT are available summer 2023. Where are we now?
We’re bouncing back down to reality like a Chinese spy balloon.
Joe Biden has to test drive it first. He promised Corn Pop they would go out cruising for chicks with nice smelling hair.
That front end is hideous or is that just a cover.
Article clearly states it is unpainted…
Don’t be surprised if the Base Trim will actually look this way and due to the lack of headlight design, the overall look to me is a complete passover…what’s next?
The base Model has already been shown…. All trims have already… none have a Black unpainted face….
Oh, okay, this vehicle is one of few within gm’s portfolio that I don’t keep up with so I was unaware. Just an opinion based on how the Silverado EV Work Truck and Trail Boss will look based on excessive use plastic trim and will be far more expensive.
The wheels, hubs and associated parts will be shared in platform with heavier and more powerful vehicles, like the Blazer SS. Fewer parts, lower expenses and easier to manage. Win win.
New EV and many comments from the LUGS are concerned about the lug nuts. LOL
I’m sticking with the ICE version.
The side profile and rear of this is very similar to the 2021+ Toyota Venza hybrid. Seems to be the current styling trend in this segment. Overall, it’s not a bad looking vehicle.
Besides the Silverado EV, this is the most compelling (and important) EV GM will build in the near term. The Bolt was a disaster with fires/recalls and slow charging. This is actually competitive with other offerings in regards to range and charging, but can GM scale it – that is the question.
Where is the promised ULTIUM range increases gm has touted and used as an excuse for being so late to the EV party. My old technology Bolt battery gets me 260 miles of range. A case of over promise and under deliver.
Your Bolt is also 2 1/2 feet shorter than the Equinox EV with 1/3 the DC fast charging speed..
Yes, my Bolt is so called old technology from 2017. Its range is as good as many new offerings from other manufacturers. GM has made grandiose promises about new battery tech and new offerings, yet they have not produced or sold a fraction of electric vehicles Tesla or even Ford has sold. They, gm has made many promises, but has woefully under delivered.
If you’ve been paying attention, you would know not to expect too much volume until 2024, as they build new EV battery factories and reconfigure old assembly plants to produce EVs. They are on track with their plans, for the most part. A little behind, but the supply chain recovery took longer than expected.
They will have a second North American battery factory starting production later this year, and a 3rd opening in 2024. That should be around 140GWh of annual production. Or enough for about 2M EVs per year. Deal with LG for a fourth in 2025 fell through (GM wanted sooner, I guess), so GM is looking for another supplier to partner with on that one, but they still plan to do it.
I do pay attention. I see commercials from gm featuring several new EV’s are not available and find that will not be available for over a year. You cannot but an electric pickup truck from gm and 1 suv, the Lyriq. Bolt production has increased at the cost of battery replacements to cars like mine, that are under recall.
GM needs to do two things concerning their BEV Program.
One: They need to have faster DC Charging speeds. 150 and 190 is not good enough for wide EV Adoption. If Kia can have 350 Charging speed there is ZERO reason why the NON Truck BEV’s from the General cannot have 250 Bare Minimum.
Two: They need to actually start manufacturing these things and do so in high volumes. The Demand is definitely there but GM cannot make 100 EV’s per Quarter Lol and think they can compete with Tesla and unfortunately all the Chinese EV Companies that will definitely be coming to the States by 2030 at the latest. GM needs to hurry up or be left behind.
Lets GO. Show everyone what you are made of GM!!!
Technically the Hyundai EVs charge up to about 240 kW. Notice their misleading marketing always says they can charge in a certain amount of time on a 350 kW capable charger.
The 400V system that GM uses cannot charge like the Hyundai 800V system. The trucks can do it because they have two 400V battery packs sandwiched together achieve 800V.
By now GM has built over 10k Lyriq but they were on quality hold for software updates. They have begun delivering in significant quantity in the last few weeks.
Even 240kW Speed is fine.
Tesla utilizes a 400 Volt system currently as well and they charge at 250kW
If GM is serious about EV’s then DC Fast Charging speed is extremely crucial to convert the Non Tech customer who do not mind being first on new Tech but want fast and simplicity just like they have in their ICE vehicles.
There are Three Chinese Automotive Companies that are about to release 500kW Charging.
Tesla has had a long time to analyze pack life and quality, so they’ve been able to push 400V to about the max it can do. We may see GM push 200 kW sometime, but still doesn’t excuse that they should probably just have 800V across the board. Maybe BEV4?
Don’t forget Tesla is going to be switching to 800 Volt Architecture starting with Cybertruck.
Rumor is they are shooting for 450kW Charging Speed….that means in the near Future they will be able to do even more.
Quoted peak rates are far less important than the overall charge curve. If the EV can only hold that max rate for a short time under ideal situation, vs an EV with a lower peak, but that can be sustained for longer during the charge, the EV with the lower peak might actually charge faster.
Advertised peak rates are just for marketing and bragging rights.
How good can storage be with that cropped rear end and heavily tapered glass? Hate to say it, but a good sedan probably has better useable cargo space. Looks sharp otherwise.
Yup, they’ve already said it will be smaller inside than the current gas Equinox. So you will pay more for a smaller, overall less useful Equinox. Brilliant plan.
Point to source were they say that?
Equinox EV will have more horsepower, more torque, be quieter, and is about 9in longer and 3in wider than the gas equinox.
Would be hard to be believe it has less interior room.
What I’ve read is that the equinox EV should have about the same interior room as the current gas blazer.
Who are “they”? Where did you get this information? The EV version exterior dimensions have been released by corporate. It is longer, wider but slightly shorter but no where that I can find have they released interior dimensions. Don’t make baseless claims without some facts to back it up, otherwise you are just a troll spreading misinformation to muck up the facts.
“A V2L (vehicle-to-load) system will be optional for the 3RS trim level. Cargo space is rated at 57.2 cu ft (1,620 L), nearly 7 cubic-feet less than the ICE-powered Equinox due to its sleeker exterior design. No front cargo space (“frunk”) is available, the hood houses front drive unit and other electronics instead.” – Wikipedia was the first source, but there are Youtube videos that also mention it. It’s not hard to research it.
Wouldn’t put a lot a faith in that “57cu-ft” measurement.
It may be similar issue between the Bolt and Bolt EUV. The EUV is actually larger, but the formal measurement is smaller, because they use the height of the roof at the rear axle to calculate it. The true volume is more and you can fit more inside.
Also behind the rear seats the gas Equinox is 29cu-ft and the EV is 39cu-ft. According to my google search.
LOL ok, sure. When the narrative is contradicted, the facts are wrong. And to think, the gas model has a gas tank and a rear diff taking up underbody space, while the EV (a miracle for space saving due to fewer, smaller drive components) has no such encumbrances to efficient use of space… yet it is bigger outside, smaller inside (where it matters most in a sport UTILITY vehicle).
Except it isn’t smaller inside. Again, reported as same size inside as the Blazer. And cargo space behind the rear seats is larger than the ICE Equinox. Sorry you don’t like facts.