GM pauses Chevy Blazer EV gross sales over software program woes


GM has paused gross sales of the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV over “software program high quality points,” the corporate introduced late Friday.

“We’re conscious {that a} restricted variety of Blazer EV house owners have skilled some software program high quality points,” stated the corporate in an official response supplied to Inexperienced Automobile Stories. 

“To make sure our prospects have an important expertise with their car, we’re briefly pausing gross sales of Blazer EVs,” the GM assertion added. “Our staff is working rapidly to roll out a repair, and house owners will probably be contacted with additional info on schedule their replace. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

The proactive pause comes after a number of incidents this previous week, each on social media and conventional auto-review sources, have highlighted a variety of software program errors in early-delivery variations of the Blazer EV—a few of them showing to get in the best way of usability. 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS

One in all them, skilled by InsideEVs on a street journey, noticed a number of infotainment glitches adopted by numerous error lights signaling faults, with the car rendered succesful solely of barely fast-charging at a home-charging fee. And a 2024 Blazer EV purchased by Edmunds for its long-term fleet just lately confirmed the same overload of errors, with 23 totally different fault codes, after the infotainment “melted down” and energy home windows wouldn’t function.

A fast search of Reddit and a number of other different boards discovered that whereas there may be a comparatively low variety of autos delivered up to now, these will not be remoted incidents. 

GM emphasizes that these software program points will not be safety-related or associated both to its Ultium EV propulsion suite or to Google built-in. Thus, it’s not a security recall, and in all incidents the autos have been drivable, with security techniques nonetheless operable—if drivers are prepared to look previous the stream of errors and clean infotainment screens. 

Inexperienced Automobile Stories skilled one such glitch that may be associated to those reported points. On one (however not each) of the Blazer EVs pushed as a part of a 2024 Chevy Blazer evaluation, toggling one-pedal driving would trigger the display to momentarily go clean and unresponsive, with a faucet of the higher app tray ultimately bringing regular operation again. 

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

Chevrolet informed media in attendance on the latest Blazer EV occasion that this mannequin is able to over-the-air updates for all car techniques, so even a serious replace won’t require a visit again to the dealership.

GM didn’t have up to date gross sales numbers for the Blazer EV, which is the primary of GM’s Ultium EVs to be made in Mexico, but it surely underscored that “the difficulty impacts solely a restricted group of shoppers.” Deliveries have been taking place over the previous a number of weeks and totals by way of the quarter and month are anticipated from the corporate the primary week of January.

With deliveries on maintain, some patrons may have missed a window of alternative. GM final week confirmed that as a consequence of last-minute sourcing guidelines imposed by the Biden administration, most of its new electrical autos, together with the Blazer EV, will lose their tax-credit eligibility in January—though they’ll earn it again later within the yr.


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