Electric conversions for classic cars are becoming increasingly popular and it’s not hard to see why. Converting a classic cruiser or muscle car into an EV allows the owner to continue to enjoy their vehicle without having to worry as much about reliability issues and potentially costly repairs. Oh, and the immediate torque on offer from the electric motor isn’t bad either, we imagine. A digital rendering artist on Instagram has used his talents to envision how one of these aftermarket EV conversions could be applied to the classic Buick Skylark.
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His creation appears to feature a dual-motor setup with one electric motor in the front of the vehicle and another in the rear, making it all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the battery is integrated into the vehicle’s floor – similar to the skateboard chassis design that many new EVs have today.
The modifications here aren’t just limited to the powertrain. This custom Buick Skylark is covered in a rich layer of deep metallic black paint and rides on a set of steel wheels inspired by a Detroit Steel Wheel Company design. White leather upholstery adorns the seats, dashboard and doors, giving the cabin of the emissions-free cruiser a high end look and feel.
Classic EV conversions such as this are exactly what GM had in mind when it developed its new Electric Connect and Cruise package, which will go on sale in the second half of this year. The Electric Connect and Cruise kit comes with a 60 kWh battery pack and 200-horsepower electric drive motor, along with all the controllers, wiring harnesses and other components necessary for installing it into a vehicle. The automaker debuted the EV conversion kit at last year’s SEMA360 online show, showing off a custom K5 Chevy Blazer featuring the Electric Connect and Cruise setup.
So, readers, would you drop an Electric Connect and Cruise kit in a classic GM cruiser like this Buick Skylark, or would you rather leave the internal combustion engine in place?