GM introduces electronic components for classic cars, ships and commercial vehicles

January 14, 2022 82Browse 0Like 0Comments
Image of the Chevy E10
From the outside, you can hardly tell that the Chevrolet E-10 is powered entirely by electricity. Source:

Various vehicles are to be electrified using a type of conversion kit of various electronic components , which means that they can be operated without emissions . General Motors (GM) itself sees a potential market of up to $20 billion by 2030 as more and more mobility industries introduce emission reduction targets . GM wants to start with the project as early as next year. In 2022 , conversion kits are to be released that will convert Chevrolet classic cars to electric cars.

Classic cars appear with a new heart and charm

Image of the Chevy e10 engine bay
One looks in vain for carburetors, fans and the like in the engine compartment of the Chevrolet E-10. An electric motor unit is now located here for this purpose. Source:

Electric Connect and the Cruise eCrate package are GM's concepts. It is built on the fact that certified workshops exchange the combustion engine for an electric unit. So it's time to say goodbye to the characteristic V8 sound from the engine compartment. Nor will the converted oldies smell of petrol or oil. In return, they have a forward-looking and sustainable drive system and will therefore be able to stay on the roads for longer.

Illustration of the Electric El Camino
The electrified Chevrolet El Camino is the latest converted classic car to date. Source:

There are already some models where Chevrolet (GM) has breathed new life into old bodies. So the E-10 pickup truck , originally a 1962 Chevrolet C-10, was electrified. The same was done with the K-5 Blazer-E (1977 Chevrolet Blazer), as well as the eCOPO Camaro (2019 Chevrolet Camaro) and Project X (1957 Chevrolet Hot Rod). The most recent member of the electric family to date is the electrified 1971 Chevrolet El Camino . For the first time, the eCrate package was not installed directly by Chevrolet on this model. This was done by a tuning company, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

Expansion to almost all traffic routes

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GM wants to position electrical kits in the areas of aviation, railways, seafaring, fleet systems and in the aftermarket sector. Source:

In addition to the classic cars, other vehicles should also be able to be converted. With the Powered Solutions and the Marine division, GM intends to introduce electrical kits for ships and boats, trucks and various other commercial vehicles and off-road vehicles in the coming years. There are also cooperations in the areas of railways, fleet management and shipbuilding. GM also announced a collaboration with Textron GSE, a provider of airport ground handling vehicles . This should enable belt loaders, baggage trolleys and freight wagons to move electrically.




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