It’s getting close. A few months ago, Chevy said the new Blazer EV PPV would launch in the first quarter of 2024. With that timeframe approaching it’s a good time to dive into the vehicle. The 2024 Chevy Blazer EV PPV is notable for several reasons, but one stands out. It’s Chevy’s first pursuit-rated, all-electric vehicle for law enforcement. Undoubtedly, Malloy and Reed would be slack jawed at the tech and performance of this vehicle.
Based on the Ultium Platform
The Blazer EV PPV is based on GM’s Ultium platform. Ultium is a single modular platform that can be used as the underpinnings for a wide variety of vehicles. This allows GM to create energy-dense battery packs at scale. It also enables a near 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution of the vehicle, and it provides a lower center of gravity. The Blazer EV PPV is based off the Blazer EV SS. The SS is the top-tier model in the Blazer EV lineup.
Blazer EV PPV Has Specific Police Content
As expected, the Blazer EV PPV has specific police content. This includes police-rated tires, steel wheels, steel skidplates, and a heavy-duty suspension. It’s equipped for light-duty towing up to 1,000 pounds and it can be equipped to carry bicycle racks. The SUV will get the largest Ultium battery, which has a 12-module pack, 288 cells, and produces 102 kWh of energy. The SUVs all-wheel-drive system is fed by a dual-motor system. At full charge, this system will produce 498 hp and 571 lb-ft of torque. The projected range of the vehicle is 250 miles. The vehicle can be charged via level 2 and level 3 chargers. Using level 2 charging the SUV will accept up to 19.2 kW. Level 3 DC fast charge bumps that up to 190 kW. Of note: the vehicle is engineered for 100 amps of continuous emergency equipment loads.
Sports Car Performance
The SUV has police performance calibrations. Consequently, the 1MF26 Blazer EV PPV all-wheel-drive model is said to have a projected top speed of 130 mph. It’s also no slouch in the 0-60 mph acceleration department, with a time of 5.17 seconds. It has a projected top speed of 25 mph in Reverse. To help rein in the base vehicle weight of 5,870 pounds the front brakes include six-piston Brembo calipers and 15.3-inch rotors. Furthermore, rolling stock is a set of Firestone Firehawk Pursuit tires, size 265/55R20.
Interior and Tech Features
The SUV’s interior includes a police-specific front seat designed to accommodate duty belts and wearable gear. The steering wheel has unprogrammed buttons. This allows upfitters to connect a push-to-talk function for department radios and fingertip operation of emergency warning equipment. To help accommodate gear, the Blazer EV PPV offers a larger rear cargo capacity. Removing the civilian Blazer EV’s false floor allows for the installation of aftermarket cabinets and organizers. The Blazer EV PPV 9C1 police package has standard rubberized vinyl flooring, a police-spec center console, and a vinyl rear seat. A 93C Detective Package is also available and features carpeting, the regular-production center console, and cloth rear seats. Additionally, with police-level electrical loads in mind, the PPV has a number of upgrades. Specifically, a dedicated electrical center, standard upfitter wiring harnesses, and enough power for law enforcement equipment.
Purpose-Built Electrified Blazer
Certainly, the Blazer EV PPV is purpose-built. “Chevy’s commitment to meeting the needs of law enforcement is rooted in decades of cooperation with police agencies across North America,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “This purpose-built electrified Blazer EV PPV will have excellent pursuit performance, the reliability of a Chevrolet and fast-charging necessary to be a high-performance patrol vehicle.”