Nov 2, 2020 - 01:19 pm

GM announces electric conversion kit

Starting in the second half of 2021, General Motors plans to sell an electric drive kit for hobbyists with components of the Chevy Bolt, which will enable them to convert conventional cars into electric cars.

These include a 147 kW electric motor and a 60 kWh battery, as well as an AC-DC inverter, DC-DC converter, wiring harness and components for the battery air conditioning. The solution was actually supposed to be presented at the tuning fair Sema, but the announcement was now made digitally, just like the fair itself.

To demonstrate the capabilities of the kit, General Motors installed the engine in a 1977 Chevrolet Blazer. With this, the American company chose a particularly thirsty model for electrification: The Blazer K5 offers only two seats, but with its 6.6-litre V8, it hardly gets less than 20 liters/100 km. Nice side effect: With the kit, the top performance of the Blazer is higher. The V8 of the year of manufacture 1977 came only on 130 kW.

By focusing on hobbyists and tinkerers, General Motors does not mean screwing in the garage at home; the work should be carried out by certified specialist companies, not just because of the high-voltage training, but also because of the conversion of safety-relevant parts. For example, the brake system with the hydraulics must be converted to an electric system with a vacuum pump or electric actuator, and the same applies to hydraulic power steering.

Smaller companies that otherwise carry out other tuning modifications on combustion engines can also qualify as such companies. In fact, the kit offers potential for more beautiful solutions than in the Blazer, as the 60 kWh battery was mounted quite clumsily on the charging area in the demonstrator.

Despite these conditions or restrictions via the certified specialist companies, General Motors deems the ‘Electric Connect and Cruise package’ commercially worthwhile. The demand for such a system is high enough, they said, and it also involves components that are being phased out in new cars. However, the new Ultium batteries and electric motors from the ‘Ultium Drive’ kit are not offered in the retrofit solution.

Such retrofit solutions are not new; companies such as Karabag or eClassics (with approval from Volkswagen) already offer such solutions and retrofit existing vehicles and classic cars. However, it is unusual for a car manufacturer to offer such a retrofit kit for sale.

chevrolet.com, engadget.com, electrek.co

21 Kommentare zu “GM announces electric conversion kit

  1. Dieter Lettner

    The Blazer was one of my favourite cars when I was in the twenties but, this conversion is not acceptable. I don’t want to see the battery taking the rear bench out and make it a 2-seater.
    A quite simple and rather stupid conversion!

    • Hammond You Idiot

      Perhaps a battery pack that could be mounted in between the frame rails?

    • Roger

      Look again. In the article they started with a short frame two seat K5 Blazer. It would probably fit the longer, 4 seat Blazer without removing the back seat.

      • Andy Drapkin

        I would think once the exhaust system and gas tank are removes there should be ample room for battery packs underneath and maybe sacrifice a few inches and create a false floor in the cargo ares foe a second pack

    • Viet Nguyen

      I have a 1950 Chevy 3100 on a 1998 Chevy S10 frame with and want to convert to electric.

  2. Rafael Burgos

    I have a cadillac escalade like yo convert to electric

  3. Wally Gonzalez

    I have a 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT that I would like to convert.

  4. Gary D. Oliver

    I have a beautiful 1966 Chevrolet pickup, old school custom, I would like to convert if someone would like to electrify for the media. Please contact me.

  5. George

    I’d be interested in electric motor conversion kit for my stock 2000 Chevrolet K2500 454 4dr 6ft 4×4 8600 gvw, be cheaper on gas ?

    • David Buell

      I have a 1999 K1500 Suburban with a 5.7 I would like to know about converting over to electric

  6. Tate P. Dripping Springs, TX

    I got a 03 Tacoma working class hero edition. As an Electrician It would be so rad to have an electric truck but also a huge conversation starter with all these oil heavy other tradesman and good ole boys I am around. I hope programs and initiatives like continue to flourish 🙂

  7. Drescher Herby

    I have a 1980 Cadilac coupe deVille 6 liter mint condition and I totally want it electric

  8. thomas galley

    when will the come to the market place and how much

  9. george sturges

    I have an 1987 Allante Convertible. Would it not be awesome to convert. I think the batterypack is to big though

  10. Stephanie Cowan

    I have 4 Astro vans (a 1990,1993,1994, and a 2001) I would love to convert to electric. Cause the Astro vans are the only thing I will own and drive. GM really needs to bring these vans back. So many people need them.

  11. THOM HUBER

    How about an HHR conversion? Seems feasible, and maybe fun also!!!!

  12. Andrew Delwin Edwards

    Interested in application for 1953 Chevy Pick-up.

  13. RC Paulsen

    I have seen some conversions where the entire trunk was filled with batteries, but they had a big empty space where the fuel tank used to be. It just made no sense not to use that space for a battery compartment. Does the Blazer have batteries under the floor?

  14. MikeNNRV

    I would like to have access to the list of certified shops to convert a 2013 Suburban 2500

  15. Alan P

    I have a 1931 chev 4 door sedan with a 1993 v6 chev s10 brazier engine and drive train that i am considering converting to EV.what are my options

  16. John

    I think the biggest problem is what people have discussed, fitting the batteries in a more convenient place.
    Possibly building smaller battery packs that can be mounted in place of fuel tanks, evap components etc.
    I doubt there will be a one size fits all solution but by making”building block” battery packs and a bit of refabrication I think this could work.
    At least it would be better than shoe horning a full Bolt battery into a vehicle

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