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Motor and 60 kWh battery: Chevrolet is planning electric car DIY kits

Anyone who wants to convert an old car to an electric drive will soon be able to fall back on a kit from Chevrolet .

K5 Blazer-E (Image: Chrysler)

From 2021, Chevrolet plans to sell a motor from the Bolt electric car and a battery with a capacity of 60 kWh. This is what Ars Technica reports . Of course there is also the charging electronics. The kit is designed to enable hobbyists to convert cars with internal combustion engines.

Some specialist companies also undertake such modifications. For example, a Rolls-Royce was electrified, as well as various Beetles and the Jaguar E-Type that British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle drove around in May 2018, newlyweds. A Tesla Model S was cannibalized for the former Rolls-Royce owned by Johnny Cash – expensive fun.

At this year’s virtual Specialty Equipment Market Association ( SEMA ), Chrysler plans to present a K5 Blazer from 1977 that will be equipped with the company’s so-called eCrate drive train. A motor from the Chevrolet Bolt and a battery with 60 kWh are used. The cabling and the power electronics also come from the Bolt.

K5 Blazer-E (Image: Chevrolet)

For the introduction of the eCrate, Chevrolet is certifying companies that are undergoing training for the conversion and that have the tools and equipment required to work with high-voltage systems.

The conversion kit is scheduled to be launched in 2021. Chevrolet has not yet named a price.