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CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE eCRATE SYSTEM IS STILL ON THE WAY

The Electric Powertrain Aims To Be A Complete Kit

Chevrolet E-10 Concept SEMA 2019 electric crate motor connect and cruise
Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept. The Battery pack is stored in the truck bed. Image via Chevrolet.

General Motors aims to trickle down its battery technology and engineering prowess into its performance and accessories portfolio, but it process has been longer than some have expected. Primarily when it comes to offering up EV conversion kits that can be retrofit into classic vehicles. We’ve so far seen Chevrolet Performance tease three separate vehicles over the past three years at the annual SEMA Show: a Chevrolet “E-10” electric truck concept in 2019, followed by an electric K5 Blazer-E in 2020, and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air  known as “Project X” in 2021. The Blazer and C-10 incorporated a “Connect & Cruise” kit that consisted of a battery pack from the Bolt EV as well as an electric motor, while Project X previewed a next-generation setup with some 340 horsepower.

So, where’s the so-called eCrate in the Chevrolet Performance portfolio? Unfortunately, Covid and the ongoing supply issues caused by it have resulted in immense delays. But GM spokesman Mark Lubin said the technology would be available soon through Chevrolet Performance.

We’d like to pinpoint November 2022 for more new on this, but with Chevrolet pulling out of the SEMA Show, it’s hard to say.

Lingenfelter Chevrolet Performance eCrate PRI Show Connect And Cruise Engineering
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

According to The Detroit Free Press, Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell stated that the same people that worked on regular V8 crate engines would be working on the eCrate conversion kits for classic cars. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering previewed the possibilities with an electric Chevrolet El Camino.

The Chevrolet Connect and Cruise eCrate package aims to be a comprehensive kit with everything needed to complete the electric conversion. That’ll give Chevrolet an edge over Ford’s Eluminator EV crate motor, which isn’t a complete kit, as it lacks a battery pack. Just how and where customers are supposed to acquire a battery pack to pair with the Eluminator motor is still unclear.

Pricing or availability information is still not yet available on the comprehensive kit from Chevrolet Performance. But once the eCrate kit is ready, Chevy dealers and certain aftermarket outfits will be offered training, tools, and whatever else may be needed to help people carry out the EV conversion.

Chevrolet K5 Blazer Electric SEMA 2020 SEMA360
Image via Chevrolet.

 

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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