You will soon be able to buy a Chevrolet electric motor as easily as one of its gas motors. After years of prototyping, the carmaker plans to start selling electric motors and batteries to consumers by the second half of next year (through autoblog). And to show what you’ll be able to do with the technology, Chevy described in detail the conversion of the Blazer 1977 K5, its implementation team completed using the almost serial eCreate engine kit
Chevy says that approximately 90% of the new components it has installed in the Blazer are parts of the Bolt EV straight from the factory, including the 200-horsepower engine that is at the heart of the upgrade. Similarly, borrowed from Bolt is a 60kWh battery that Chevy installs in the cargo area of the car. Using production controllers and wiring harnesses, it was able to transfer features such as Blazer regenerative braking. What didn’t need to be replaced was most of the drive, with the transfer case, drive shaft and axles left intact.