The Chevy Blazer EV Launch Has Gone From Rough to Worse As GM Issues Stop-Sale

Customers, dealerships, and journalists alike are having issues with the Bowtie’s newest electric vehicle.

byNico DeMattia|
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The Chevy Blazer EV has had a rough couple of months. Since the Bowtie's newest electric vehicle has been on sale, it's been giving customers, dealerships, and even journalists issues. It's even left people stranded, due to bricked software. It's a mess right now and all of its issues have added up, leading Chevrolet to put a stop-sale on the Blazer EV until it can get its software sorted out.

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Chevy's public problems with the Blazer EV began when Edmunds started having issues with their long-term test car. In less than two months, and fewer than 2,000 miles, Edmunds' Blazer EV—which they bought and wasn't provided by Chevy—has had 23 different issues and has been at the dealership for two straight weeks. First, it was just intermittently faulty window switches and odd navigation glitches. Then the car gave off high-voltage battery warnings and would refuse to charge, among many others.

Edmunds' scribes aren't the only journalists having issues with the Blazer EV, though. InsideEV staff writer Kevin Williams was left stranded in Virginia by the Blazer EV during a road test, due to charging issues. He also saw glitches that rendered the infotainment screen useless.

Customers are having issues, too. After Williams reported being stranded, a Blazer EV owner emailed him to say that their car had similar infotainment issues. When the owner brought their car to the dealer to fix its infotainment glitches, the dealer installed a software update that rendered the car useless after it bricked both the infotainment screen and digital gauge cluster.

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Even dealerships are claiming to have issues with the Blazer EVs on their lots. Redditor Whole_Tart3159 claims to work for a Chevy dealership that has two Blazer EVs in their inventory but neither can be sold because they're both in the shop. Both are reportedly having software issues but one will go into limp mode and the other will randomly open and close its charge port door.

All of these issues are why Chevy is putting a stop-sale on the Blazer EV but it's unclear how serious the issues are and how long it will take to fix them. However, a GM spokesperson told The Drive that the Blazer issues have affected a "limited" number of owners and that they “are not safety related nor related to Ultium or Google Built-In.”

Here's GM's official statement: "We are aware that a limited number of Blazer EV owners have experienced some software quality issues. To ensure our customers have a great experience with their vehicles, we are temporarily pausing sales of Blazer EVs. Our team is working quickly to roll out a fix, and owners will be contacted with further information on how to schedule their update. We apologize for the inconvenience."

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