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GM Resumes Sales of Chevrolet Blazer EV, Cuts Price After Software Issues

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General Motors announced on Friday that it is resuming sales and reducing the price of its Chevrolet Blazer EV following software quality issues that led to a halt in deliveries in late December.

The automaker stated that it has implemented significant software updates to address concerns raised by early owners. These updates include features such as customizable multi-color ambient lighting, revised Driver Information Center graphics with battery percentage display, and more. Current Blazer owners will receive a software update to rectify the issues.

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GM also disclosed that it would reduce the price of the Blazer by approximately $5,600 to $6,500 based on the trim level. Additionally, the Blazer has regained eligibility for a $7,500 EV tax credit in the United States after new battery sourcing rules from the U.S. Treasury on January 1 made many EVs ineligible.

With the price cuts and restored tax credit, the effective price for qualified buyers of the Blazer is now $42,695, down from the original $56,715 for the lowest-priced model. This move follows similar price reductions by other automakers, including Ford Motor.

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Several EV models, including the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen ID.4, Honda Prologue, and Cadillac Lyriq, have also regained eligibility for tax credits since January.

In a separate development, GM resumed sales of its 2024 model year Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks on February 26 after a brief halt to address intermittent software quality issues.

GM CEO Mary Barra stated last month that the company has revamped its software development and validation processes. She acknowledged the current challenges as the company undergoes this transition.

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