You never knew you needed an electric motor that was shaped like a small-block
Within DriveTribe's many posts regarding classic cars and EVs, a relatively large split has occurred where people are either for or against the electrification of classic cars.
I am a member of the Pro-EV party after I was kidnapped– I mean, persuaded to see the light by Tesla enthusiasts. And seeing vehicles like Teslonda, this '67 Firebird with Prius running gear, and this Ferrari 308, I am thoroughly convinced that the future for classic cars lies, quite literally, in the future.
I'm not the only one either, because Electric GT is ready to make an EV crate motor that is capable of producing 240 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. While those aren't impressive numbers by any means, and the motor doesn't come with a battery pack, there are still several things that need to be taken into consideration when going through an EV conversion – but having a crate motor that can be easily sourced and looks at home under the hood of any classic car is a pretty good start.
The most important things about this motor is its size and styling. It looks like a conventional ICE engine, and even has nearly identical dimensions as a small-block V8. While power and noise are two things that will be missed from potential restomods that have yet to be started, this gets the ball rolling in an interesting direction. Given GM's long list of available crate motors, I'm surprised they haven't started selling "Connect and Cruise" kits with the Volt's drivetrain.
Let people enjoy things. This is exactly what the parents of the muscle car generation said as they shoved V8s into cars that should've never had V8s from the beginning. It was the same conversation when the wrenches and pulleys made room for computers and turbos took over the scene in the 80s and 90s, and then the Fast and Furious got us obsessed with the ridiculous paint colors and Lambo-doors of the 00s show cars. Now we're on a new horizon, and new powertrains are at our disposal, and the same kind of backlash is happening. It's a rite of passage, and I say go for it.