General Motors wants to “put everyone in an EV,” with plans to launch 30 new all-electric models globally by 2025. As such, the automaker will need to offer a wide range of vehicles at several different price points in order to accommodate every possible segment and consumer. Now, however, one group is calling on GM to promise to offer an affordable all-electric model, recently launching a new online petition to keep pricing for the Chevy Equinox EV around $30,000.
The new online petition was launched by the Electric Vehicle Association, a volunteer organization advocating for the rapid adoption of electric vehicles across North America. According to the petition, the Electric Vehicle Association believes that GM has failed to deliver on its early EV promises, despite claims from the automaker that it is a leader in the electric vehicle segment.
“[GM] continuously pushes back production deadlines and favors high-priced luxury EVs over ones most families can afford,” the petition reads. “Right now, GM sells just one all-electric vehicle at a price point below $56,000 – the Chevy Bolt. However, the company has temporarily discontinued the Bolt with no timeline for when the newly announced Ultium-powered version will be available.”
The petition goes on to state that the Chevy Blazer EV is now more expensive than was originally promised after deletion of the entry-level 1LT trim level. As such, the Electric Vehicle Association says that GM must promise to keep the Chevy Equinox EV affordable by following through on its original starting price of roughly $30,000.
“Right now, about four-in-ten Americans say they are ready to go electric – but more than half of potential EV customers say they would not spend over $50,000 on an all-electric car,” the petition reads. “GM knows how important affordability is to the consumer – sales of the Bolt are setting records this year. The Equinox EV is the answer for the millions of American drivers who want to go electric but need something their families can afford.”
For now, the most-affordable Chevy Equinox EV trim level is the entry-level 1LT, which features a front-wheel-drive powertrain and standard-range battery, good for 210 horsepower, 242 pound-feet of torque, and an estimated range of 250 miles. A higher-capacity battery is optional, upping range to 300 miles, while all-wheel-drive is optional as well.