Chevrolet has been among the automotive industry’s largest and most impressionable companies for some time now, making its interest in electronic propulsion all the more interesting. At SEMA360, this year’s live event, the manufacturer is slated to show off its most recent project — a 1977 K5 Blazer that’s taken on an entirely new persona via the outfit’s Electric Connect and Cruise package.
The heritage-inspired K5 Blazer-E, as it’s been dubbed, is a conceptual vehicle that paints a picture for those who are interested in the brand’s Electric Connect and Cruise kits, which are slated for release sometime in 2021. Much of the vehicle’s original underbody remains intact, including its driveshaft, transfer case, and axles. Where it deviates from its donor, however, is in its powerplant, which has been converted to a 200-horsepower electrified model pulled directly from the brand’s Bolt. To ensure that the transition remains as seamless as possible, an electronically-assisted four-speed automatic transmission arrives alongside the e-powered variant, complementing the vehicle’s 60 kWh battery pack. The addition of electric power steering and an electric pump for improved braking round things out for owners who hope to turn their own classic vehicles into EVs of the future. Learn more on Chevrolet’s website.