Despite the Chevy Equinox EV’s U.S. launch delay that General Motors officially announced last week, the production start of Chevrolet‘s new electric crossover remains scheduled for this year in Mexico.
A GM Mexico spokesperson confirmed to local media Vanguardia that series production of the all-new Chevy Equinox EV will begin before the end of this year at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant, a timeline that remains within the tentative “end of 2023” schedule for the assembly of the vehicle that the company had previously communicated. As such, the delay in the launch of the Equinox EV will not have a major impact on its production process.
Rogelio Arzate, Executive Director of Government Relations of GM Mexico, informed the Mexican media that the automaker is preparing for the start of mass production of the all-new Chevy Equinox EV at the Ramos Arizpe complex. Although he did not reveal the Equinox EV’s specific production start date, Arzate assured that it will be before the end of this year.
In particular, the all-new Chevy Equinox EV is the second all-electric vehicle that GM is scheduled to manufacture in Mexico after the all-new Chevy Blazer EV – whose production in Ramos Arizpe began in the middle of this year. The factory is GM’s fifth facility in North America capable of producing electric vehicles, and the plant is scheduled to exclusively buildzero-emission vehicles starting next year.
In addition, the executive of GM’s Mexican subsidiary also stated that the imminent production start of the high-volume, all-new Chevy Equinox EV will imply a substantial increase in the manufacturing of Ultium Drive motors at the Ramos Arizpe plant, which has been manufacturing them since 2021 for the GMC Hummer EV built at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan. Locally manufactured electric motors are also used in the Mexican-made Chevy Blazer EV and Equinox EV.
Series production of the all-new Chevy Equinox EV will begin sometime before the end of this year at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant, the main manufacturing center for the electric crossover responsible for supplying North America and other regions internationally. The Equinox EV will also be manufactured starting next year at a SAIC-GM joint venture plant in China, where the vehicle was first leaked last September.