GM Temporarily Halts Sales of Blazer EV

The Chevrolet Blazer electric vehicle (EV) has just begun appearing on sales lots. But if there’s one at your local dealership, you can’t drive it home. General Motors has instructed dealers to pause sales of the new SUV. The automaker is working to solve software problems that have plagued early buyers.

Automotive News reports, “Engineers are working on a fix for the software issues, which include sporadic problems with screens inside the vehicle and, rarely, during charging attempts at some public DC fast chargers.”

“We’re aware that a limited number of customers have experienced software-related quality issues with their Blazer EV,” Scott Bell, vice president of global Chevrolet, said in a statement to Automotive News. “Customer satisfaction is our priority, and as such, we will take a brief pause on new deliveries.”

The Blazer EV launched this summer, just recently making its first appearance in many dealerships. GM’s fourth-quarter sales results show that fewer than 500 have made their way into Americans’ driveways.

Early Praise

The car impressed our expert test drivers. Reviewer Colin Ryan called it “a force to be reckoned with in the all-electric midsize SUV class” and praised its sporty driving dynamics and “up-to-the-minute styling and tech.”

Our Lyn Woodward, in her first drive, called it “a genuinely fun car to drive” and one of the best one-pedal-driving systems she’s encountered.

It won MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year award and plaudits from much of the automotive press.

But Problems Piling Up

However, unexpected electric gremlins have also frustrated early buyers. Review site Edmunds bought one for long-term testing and documented 23 error codes in the first few weeks of ownership.

Automotive News stresses that none of the known issues affect safety, and Chevy can likely fix them all with a software update.

Owners who have already taken one home can expect Chevy to contact them when a software update is ready.

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