Chevrolet's last concept car is "explosion from the past", back in the 1970s, when the K5 Blazer was hanging out on the street. This is the latest Chevrolet eCrate conversion concept, which combines the body of the 1977 Blazer K5 with an all-electric propulsion system. The result is this incredible blazer-E K5.
Expect this group to be one of the fiercest fans of this K5 Blazer-E concept when it debuts at the SEMA360 virtual show on November 2.
Bring out the big guns
ECrate installer certification programme
What's the next step?
Get the big calibers out.
Chevrolet likes to impress the crowd at the SEMA salon in Las Vegas. More recently, they introduced things like the Luke Bryan suburban concept, the ecopo Camaro concept and other unique and interesting Silverado models. Last year's great success was the E-10 concept.
"A few minutes after Chevrolet introduced the E-10 concept, customers started calling to ask how long they could build their EV project," said Russ O'Blenes, director of Chevrolet's engineering, performance and racing. "the K5 blazer-E shows what is possible for customers who want to convert their vintage truck into a daily driver with the instant torque and unique driving experience of an electric vehicle."
Chevrolet Performance will survey SEMA members interested in the construction of their electrical projects to finalize the car manufacturer's initial eCrate offer. "for customers who want more extreme performance, the modular eCrate system will have virtually unlimited applications," O'Blenes added.
Chevy K5 blazer-E. Photo: Chevrolet.
Chevy K5 Blazer-E: The Nuts & Bolts
The Chevrolet concept began with the original 1977 K5 Blazer. The crew removed the 175-horsepower 400-inch V8 and the Blazer's three-speed automatic transmission (they also ripped off the fuel and exhaust systems). They replaced this engine with a Bolt EV electric motor, which develops 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. Couple. The electric motor is associated with a four-speed automatic gearbox with electronic control from Chevrolet Performance. The transfer box, the transmission shaft and the original axles are kept.
This Blazer is equipped with a 400 volt Bolt EV battery with 60 kilowatt hours of usable energy. Production controllers, cable bundles, shock protection, battery heating and cooling, battery overload protection and regenerative braking all come from the bolt.
Secondary market components include an electric power steering kit, an electric pump providing vacuum to the original braking system and an electronic controller to control inputs to vintage gauges, such as the battery charge display on the original fuel gauge.
The 60kWh Electric connect and Cruise package includes:
200HP electric motor.
DC to CA inverter to drive the electric motor.
CC-CC power converter to power low voltage systems.
Cable bundles, controllers and water pumps for heating and cooling the battery.< p>ECrate installer certification programme
Chevrolet Performance is equipping and certifying Electric connect and Cruise installers, including dealers and other alternative companies. Michigan based Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be the first company to pilot the training and certification program.
Interior layout of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer-E. Photo: Chevrolet.
What's the next step?
"as GM introduces a new fleet of electric vehicles, it creates an exciting opportunity to bring EV technology to the secondary market," said Jim Campbell, Vice President of Performance and Power Sports at General Motors in the United States. "our vision is to offer a complete range of Chevrolet Performance connect and Cruise systems-offering a solution for every customer from LSX V8 to eCrate conversions."
Nancy Dunham is a long-time journalist whose work appears in numerous national and general interest automobile magazines and related websites. Her father was an executive at Western Auto Supply Co. (sold to Sears), so the smell of tires is still reminiscent of childhood memories. Preferred job assignment: driving on the Texas Motor speedway. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her cat prudence.
Photo and photo source: Chevrolet.
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