Followers of wildmodified automobiles all over the place had been fairly upset that the 2020 SEMA present was canceled as a result of COVID-19, which is comprehensible. Nonetheless, simply because the doesn’t suggest that there aren’t some epic automobiles popping out over the subsequent week or two.
An ideal instance of that is the Chevrolet K5 Blazer-E that GM introduced on Thursday. What’s a K5 Blazer-E, you would possibly ask? Properly, it is a K5 Blazer that is had the greasy outdated guts ripped out of it and seen them changed with the clear, silent electrical coronary heart of a .
Yeah, you learn that appropriately — a Chevrolet Bolt. Curiously, the electrical powertrain from the Bolt is extra highly effective than the 400 cubic-inch V8 that it is changing. Chevy claims the outdated fuel motor was good for round 175 horsepower (thanks ’80s smog laws) whereas the Bolt motor makes 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
What makes this specific EV swap attention-grabbing — past the truth that it is being executed by a producer, in fact — is that it is nonetheless utilizing each an automated transmission and a switch case. The Bolt drivetrain is paired with an electronically managed four-speed auto and the Blazer’s authentic two-speed switch case and stable rear axle.
Chevy says that 90% of the elements used within the conversion are inventory Bolt elements. That signifies that all of the EV bits ought to play collectively properly and supply up the identical options you’d anticipate from a manufacturing EV — superior battery cost and thermal administration, and even regenerative braking.
Actually, the one main sacrifice you are making right here is the truth that the Bolt’s battery pack is simply bolted into the cargo space of the Blazer, which feels each impractical and a bit ugly. Nonetheless, it is a idea and it was constructed for SEMA, so no matter works.
GM is working with Lingenfelter Efficiency Engineering to develop an installer program that ought to assist make future EV conversions utilizing GM’s elements an entire lot less complicated for retailers to do.
That is fairly cool, and I am very excited to see the place this goes as soon as the Common begins working itsinto this system.