GM has unveiled its 1977 Chevy K5 Blazer-E transformed to electrical energy with its upcoming eCrate conversion equipment utilizing Chevy Bolt EV batteries.

Final 12 months, GM unveiled an electric pickup hot rod concept with two Bolt EV batteries packaged into an “eCrate” idea for simple electrical conversions.

On the time, the automaker was speaking concerning the system extra as an idea, however it’s now speaking about truly making the conversion equipment after excessive demand from potential patrons.

Russ O’Blenes, Chevrolet director of Engineering, Efficiency and Racing, commented on the disclosing of the E-10 electrical pickup idea:

“Minutes after Chevrolet confirmed the E-10 idea, clients began calling to ask how quickly they may construct their EV undertaking.”

Now, GM is planning to really promote its eCrate conversion by means of Chevrolet Efficiency:

“At SEMA360, Chevrolet will showcase a 1977 K5 Blazer transformed to all-electric propulsion. The K5 Blazer-E is a practical proof of idea of the upcoming Electrical Join and Cruise package deal Chevrolet Efficiency plans to promote within the second half of 2021.”

The Electrical Join and Cruise package deal Chevrolet Efficiency is predicated on the Chevy Bolt EV powertrain:

  • 60-kWh battery pack
  • 200-horsepower electrical motor
  • DC-to-AC energy inverter to drive the electrical motor
  • DC-to-DC energy converter to energy low-voltage techniques
  • Wiring harnesses, controllers, and water pumps for battery heating and cooling

GM can be contemplating constructing the next efficiency package deal utilizing its new Ultium battery system.

For now, the corporate is demonstrating its eCrate in a 1977 K5 Blazer to be displayed at SEMA360:

“To transform the 1977 K5 Blazer, the workforce first faraway from the Blazer the unique 175-horsepower 400 cubic-inch V-8, three-speed automated, gasoline system and exhaust. Then, the workforce put in a Bolt EV electrical motor, delivering 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, paired with a Chevrolet Efficiency electronically managed four-speed automated. The remainder of the Blazer drivetrain stays untouched, together with the switch case, driveshaft and axles.”

Listed below are just a few footage of what it’s now calling a “K5 Blazer-E”:

Electrek’s Take

That is superior. Each the truck and the conversion equipment.

I would like that truck badly. OK, the battery pack is just not completely packaged, however that’s for demonstration functions. You possibly can end the backup and have a cool-looking, two-seater old-school SUV with loads of cargo house.

It gained’t get that a lot vary, however most likely greater than 100 miles, which is loads for a lot of functions.

I additionally actually like {that a} main OEM is stepping into providing electrical conversion kits.

I do know that there are many firms attempting to simplify that house, however I feel having GM on board goes to speed up issues.

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