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

Last updated on March 9, 2021

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.


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