Chevrolet’s latest transformation of the 1977 K5 Blazer with all-electric propulsion will be displayed at the SEMA 360 virtual event. The company has successfully executed and applied its newest advancements in the electric and cruise fields.

The 1977 K5 Blazer-E is set to hit the markets by the second half of the year 2021. Its altered features include the addition of Electric Connect and Cruise package to the car body. The event will also set stage for Chevrolet Performance’s survey of SEMA members who might want to build electric projects for themselves and this will also be a step towards firming up its preliminary eCrate proposition. GM U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, Jim Campbell’s words rang true when he stated that GM’s introduction of new EVs is an opportunity to being EV tech to the aftermarket. With Connect and Cruise, they aim to offer conversion solution from LSX V-8s to eCrate. The eCrate transformation was first brought forth in 2018 for the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro and continued in the following year with Chevrolet E-10. These two cars helped in developing the company’s Electric Connect and Cruise plans.

Borrowing 90% of its fresh parts from Bolt EV, the first step towards the car’s conversion was the removal of its 175 hp 400 cubic-inch V-8, three-speed automatic, fuel system and exhaust. The second step included the installation of Bolt EV electric motor and electric four-speed automatic. Other than these, all the remaining parts like transfer case and axles have stayed the same. A 400-volt Bolt EV battery pack located in the cargo area supplies the car with 60 kilowatt-hours of power. A number of Bolt EV exclusive characteristics like shock protection and battery-overcharge protection have been well-maintained through wiring harnesses and production controllers. The vehicle also includes replacement parts like electric power steering kit, electric pump and electronic controller as an aftermarket addition. The electric pump supplies vacuum to the stock brake while the electronic controller sends intel to antiquated gauges of the Blazer. Chevrolet Performance has also set up a special eCrate Installer Certification Program for Chevrolet license owners and aftermarket corporations. This will help prepare concerned parties for the imminent launch by offering training and all apparatuses necessary to use high-voltage structures and vehicle servicing through charging stations.

The initialization of this program will be piloted by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in Brighton, Michigan and will pave a path for companies in the future. The 60-kWh much-awaited package will include five main features- a 60kWh battery pack, 200 hp electric motor, DC to AC inverter for electric motor, DC to DC converter for low-voltage parts, and wiring harnesses, controllers and water pumps. To expand eCrate’s ambit, new packages with higher performance and fresh battery configurations have also been assessed. For the long run, Chevrolet has plans to merge GM’s modular Ultium battery system advancements. Chevrolet has also made accessible SEMA360’s aftermarket deals, with parts for 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, online. Russ O’Blenes, Chevrolet Director of Engineering, Performance and Racing said, “Minutes after Chevrolet showed the E-10 concept, customers started calling to ask how soon they could build their EV project. The K5 Blazer-E demonstrates what is possible for customers who want to convert their vintage truck to a daily driver with the instant torque and unique driving experience of an EV. For customers who want more extreme performance, the modular eCrate system will have virtually limitless applications.”

Aayushi Primta

Aayushi Primta

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