One of the bigger debuts of this week’s SEMA360 online appearance as the Chevy K5 Blazer-E – a 1977 K5 Blazer that utilizes the automaker’s new Electric Connect and Cruise powertrain.
The Electric Connect and Cruise arrangement is about a plug-and-play crate agent adaptation of the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s powertrain that allows buyers to calmly catechumen abstract into EVs, but how does a modern-day propulsion arrangement like this accomplish in a best SUV like the K5 Blazer? Thankfully General Motors gave us a little added acumen into the achievement of the Chevy K5 Blazer-E in a contempo video acquaint to the Chevrolet Achievement YouTube page.
“This barter we took a cartilage banal K5 blazer and absolutely aloof did a propulsion swap,” Russ O’Blenes, administrator of achievement and antagonism at Chevrolet, explains in the video. “What we’ve done with this e-crate is absolutely accord the chump addition advantage so he can booty his archetypal agent and catechumen it over to a absolutely electrified vehicle.”
O’Blenes additionally credibility out that the Electric Connect and Cruise arrangement is added able than the Bolt EV’s powertrain, alike admitting they are about the same. This helps it actuate added abstract like the Blazer forth a bit better.
“You attending at the assembly agent with about 175 horsepower. With our e-crate we accept over 200 application on duke to be able to actuate the Blazer,” he said.
While the Blazer-E absolutely won’t be ambience the timing archive afire at the bounded annoyance strip, this bashful 200 application bureaucracy is abundant for canoeing and ablaze off-roading. The electric motor is affiliated up to a new electronically controlled Chevrolet Achievement four-speed automated transmission, about the SUV’s aboriginal alteration case, driveshaft and axles all remain.
That all sounds great, but the Electric Connect and Cruise amalgamation isn’t actual advantageous if doesn’t accept a accessible bulk of range. It uses mostly production-ready Chevrolet Bolt EV components, though, so it’s analogously as efficient. In the rather abundant and aerodynamically challenged Chevy K5 Blazer-E, GM hopes the bureaucracy will accommodate amid 100-150 afar of real-world range.
“You apperceive one of the things that accept a big appulse on ambit is acutely the weight” O’Blenes explained. “Also tires, area we put off-road tires on it. You apperceive that slows the ambit bottomward a bit. We’re digging in added but we accept it will be about amid 100 to 150 afar of ambit application the 60 kWh array out of the Bolt.”
The Electric Connect and Cruise amalgamation is alone the alpha for GM’s e-crate offerings. The automaker hopes to one day accommodate its new Ultium Drive band of electric motors and its Ultium modular array arrangement into the Chevrolet Achievement e-crate lineup, as well, giving buyers new high-performance options, amid more.
Hear what abroad O’Blenes has to say about the Chevy K5 Blazer-E in the video anchored below.
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