If you want an electric car, you’ll have to go out and buy one, but what if you already own a car? We suppose you could sell it off and then buy an electric car, but what if you didn’t have to? That’s pretty much the premise the Chevrolet is working with as the company has announced that in 2021, they will start selling EV retrofit kits.
Basically what this means is that if you own a compatible vehicle, you’ll be able to retrofit an electric motor in your car, which basically turns your gas-powered vehicle into an electric one. To show off the possibilities, the company has converted a 1977 K5 Blazer using a near-production crate motor kit that the company plans to start selling to private customers in 2021.
The car itself retains a lot of its original characteristics and features, but it should be noted that you might still need to source some parts that aren’t included with the kit. In the case of the K5, the company had to pick up separately an electric power steering system and an electric vacuum booster for the brakes, as well as a controller that will send information on speed to the car’s gauges.
While it might not necessarily be quite as easy or straightforward, it should help make it a bit more convenient for people who are looking to convert their existing vehicles into electric ones. According to Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports, “Our vision is to offer a comprehensive line of Connect and Cruise systems from Chevrolet Performance – delivering a solution for every customer ranging from LSX V-8s to eCrate conversions.”