Chevrolet Performance has unveiled the new Electric Connect and Cruise package, a fully electric crate motor and battery combo that will allow car enthusiasts to build their own battery-powered projects.
The electric crate motor package, which will go on sale in the second half of 2021, includes the following:
- 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
- 200 horsepower electric motor
- DC-to-AC power inverter
- DC-to-DC power converter
- Wiring harnesses, controllers and water pumps for battery heating and cooling
Chevy also said that it is “evaluating additional eCrate packages with higher-performance options and new battery configurations to fit a wider range of aftermarket applications.” Additionally, it plans to one day integrate General Motors‘ modular Ultium battery system into its Electric Connect and Cruise packages, as well, giving buyers more battery capacity and range.
Chevrolet Performance will train certified Electric Connect and CrAuise installers for customers who do not have the expertise to work with a high-voltage electric powertrain like this. It says participating Chevrolet dealers and aftermarket companies tuners “will receive the training, tools and equipment needed to work with high-voltage systems and charging stations to service customers’ vehicles,” via this training course.
The first company to take the training and certification program will be Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in Brighton, Michigan. GM describes this as a “pilot” training program that will help inform the certification process for future installers that may be interested in taking it.
The Electric Connect and Cruise package was announced by Chevrolet Performance this week ahead of the upcoming SEMA360 online show, which will be held from November 2nd through to November 6th. This package was actually previewed at last year’s SEMA Show, when Chevy unveiled the fully electric E-10 Concept which combined two similar concept electric crate engine packages to create a 450 horsepower EV truck with a 120 kWh battery capacity.
Pricing for the Electric Connect and Cruise package has not yet been announced, but we may find out more about this new aftermarket program at SEMA360 next week.