Chevrolet Blazer restored with GM’s electric crate motor

An old Chevy gets a new lease on life, with the original V8 swapped for an electric powertrain.

A fully-restored 1977 Chevrolet K5 Blazer has been unveiled by Chevrolet Performance, showcasing General Motors’ upcoming ‘eCrate’ powertrain.

The near-production electric crate motor is derived predominantly from Chevrolet Bolt components mated to the Blazer’s original drivetrain.

This allows the four-speed automatic to send power to all four wheels through the transfer case when engaged, ensuring the Chevy’s off-road abilities are maintained.

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Despite the 6.6-litre V8 being replaced with the motor from a small electric vehicle, performance has actually increased, with the electric motor’s 150kW surpassing the Blazer’s original 130kW.

The eCrate package also includes the Bolt’s 60kWh, 400-volt battery, as well as controllers, power inverters, battery cooling, and management systems. These proven systems allow for regenerative braking, overcharging protection, and battery longevity.

Chevrolet Performance expects to have the eCrate motor ready for sale in the second half of 2021.

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