Newly Converted Chevy K5 Blazer-E  
 

Chevy calls it their "eCrate motor," and it has made headlines in just about every automotive journal and website coming and going. The eCrate motors aren't necessarily new. Chevrolet has long sold crate motors to automotive professionals who love a good DIY challenge and prefer to customize their powertrain and other components. When you've got the technical skill to do this, it's easy to see why you'd want to customize your ride yourself. However, EV Retrofit kits are a brand new thing from the brand.

How Do EV Retrofit Kits Work?

The distinguishing characteristic of EV retrofit kits is that the crate motor and battery you get are all-electric. You can take any old Chevrolet model and modify it to become all-electric with these kits. The current output on these all-electric crate motors is said to be about 200 horsepower. Although, there may be more powerful variations available by the time Chevrolet rolls out the final product.

Chevrolet chose a 1977 K5 Blazer to test their conversion kit on, and the results were pure magic. The converted 1977 K5 Blazer nets an electric powertrain that runs on a 60 kW battery. Previously, the K5 Blazer had a gas-powered, 175-horsepower V8 configuration. We all know the 70s K5 Blazers were not the most fuel-efficient. However, they remain in good shape today and more than able to ride into the future for another decade and more. Chevy's all-electric replacement is a 200 horsepower setup with factory components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevrolet eCrate

Get Your EV Retrofit Kit in 2021

No matter how old your old Chevy is, you can use these EV retrofit kits to replace that old gas-guzzling powerplant with an all-new electric powertrain that's going to save you money on gas. It will also positively help in reducing emissions. You can see the old 1977 K5 Blazer in action with its new powerplant, or you can decide today that you want this new EV retrofit kit when it's out.

Chevy is already planning to train multiple mechanics to do the installation. By the end of 2021, you'll be able to get your hands on one of these kits and hire someone to install it for you. Contact us today for more information.

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