Chevrolet's eCrate just bumps up the electric aftermarket
Think about it...
A lot of us petrolheads would have ICE engines powering our cars for the rest of eternity. But, let's face the facts that's not going to happen, everything evolves and we are just going have to accept it. However, we might have to accept it sooner than we think.
Chevrolet recently introduced to the world the eCrate conversion concept which they will show to the world at SEMA this year with the 1977 K5 Blazer-E. What it actually is, is an old SUV with a new electric heart.
What did they do to it?
Well, they took their electric bit from their already existing Chevy Bolt and transplanted it into the K5 Blazer. Now the "K5 Blazer-E" has a 200ehp worth of power with a Chevrolet Performance electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the Blazer remains the same. Also, they had to load the 400-volt battery pack into the back area of the Blazer. Now the SUV has everything a bolt does thanks to all production tech for EVs present it has regenerative braking. Obviously, the SUV is also road safe with shock protection and battery heating and cooling. The battery's remaining charge is shown on the fuel gauge.
The aftermarket bit...
After showing this to the world, Chevy is going to offer the crate version of it which will be ready in the second half of 2021. There are already plug and play electric crate engine out in the world, people actually want them for many cars. However, companies like Chevy offer them in plug and play versions on a tried and tested format, people are going to want to convert to them.
That's not all, there are going to be higher performance options too with new battery configurations. The good part is - old GM and other cars can get a new environmentally friendly heart. But, the EV market is booming and on a rise right now and this just makes it bigger really fast.
The worrying part is that petrolheads like me who have been hoping events like these will take place much later on in my life are happening a bit too soon. It took the iPod to change the way people listened to music, this might just be EV market's equivalent of the iPod.