Chevrolet Seems to Be Trading Hybrids for EV
Chevrolet is one of the most iconic American car companies, and it’s looking forward to ensuring it continues to thrive for years to come. This is mainly by adjusting to the EV revolution that is moving cars away from fossil fuels and toward electric power. In fact, Chevrolet seems ahead of the curve and is trading hybrids for EVs faster than other automakers.
Not every automaker has embraced the EV revolution as well
Not long ago, only one or two EV models were on the market, but now the floodgates have opened. Many automakers have at least one EV in their lineup. That said, not all automakers have embraced the EV revolution. For example, Toyota invested a lot of money into hybrids and hydrogen cars. Unsurprisingly, this has made Toyota slow to transition to EVs.
Toyota was even fighting against EVs and was not alone in this regard. Like Toyota, Honda is another company that invested in hydrogen cars and is now struggling to transition to EVs. Mazda is another automaker that’s in the same boat. While those automakers have been slowly adjusting to EVs, some have been much better about the whole process.
Chevy is discontinuing hybrids and introducing EVs
Chevy is one of those automakers that have been quicker about moving toward the EV future. If hybrids are supposed to be a transition point between regular gas-powered cars and EVs, Chevy is seemingly jumping over that transition point as there are few hybrids in Chevy’s lineup. This is because Chevy recently discontinued the last hybrid it offered: the Malibu Hybrid.
Instead, Chevy is diving head-first into the EV world, and the American automaker has a handful of EVs on the horizon. Currently, Chevy has two offerings, the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV. They’re very similar. However, the Bolt EUV is a larger version of the Bolt EV. They’re also reasonably cheap. The Bolt EV starts at about $32,000, and the Bolt EUV starts at $34,000.
According to Chevrolet, some bigger EVs are on the way, including the Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and of course, the Silverado EV. All three are expected to be available during the 2024 model year, expanding the segments Chevy has an EV in. The Equinox EV is a compact crossover, the Blazer EV is a mid-size crossover, and the Silverado EV is a full-size pickup truck.
There are a couple of other automakers similar to Chevy in this regard
Chevy isn’t the only automaker with multiple EVs in different segments that are soon hitting the market. After all, Chevy is owned by General Motors, and other GM brands have made similar moves as Chevy. For example, Cadillac recently released the Lyriq, and another Cadillac EV, the Celestiq, is coming in the next few years.
Outside of GM, though, Ford is another automaker investing heavily in the EV revolution. The much-awaited F-150 Lightning came out earlier this year, and the Mustang Mach-E made its debut not long ago. Next year, Ford will debut the Explorer EV.
Genesis is another automaker with multiple EVs coming soon. The electric versions of the G80 and the GV60 have already made their debut earlier this year, and the South Korean luxury automaker has one more coming. The electrified version of the GV70 is expected to debut by the end of 2022.