Kindred Motorworks Launches Electric Chevy 3100 Pickup10
The act of restoring and refurbishing older vehicles has been around as long as the cars themselves. These restorations range from returning a vehicle back to its factory glory, to a mild restomod, or to a full-blown Pro Touring build. Fully electric powetrains seem to be part of a growing trend for restomods, as evidenced by the Kindred Motorworks’ Chevy 3100 pickup.
Starting life as a 1947 to 1953 Chevy 3100 truck, Kindred Motorworks completely refurbishes the old pickup. This includes a restoration of the exterior, an all-new interior with custom leather upholstery, and an electric powertrain. The driveline consists of a 74 kWh battery supplying a single motor with 294 horsepower. The battery is also good for 200 miles of range, and is hooked up to a 6.6 kW on-board charger with level 120V and 240V compatibility. The company estimates it takes nine hours to fully charge the battery pack on a level 2 plug.
Based on such an old truck, there are other necessary upgrades that aren’t related to the powertrain. The Kindred Motorworks Chevy 3100 gets four-wheel power disc brakes, double wishbone front suspension, and a bevy of quality-of-life updates such as LED lighting, backup camera and wireless phone charging, among other things. To tie the ensemble together, the EV pickup rides on OE-style aluminum wheels with chrome Chevy dog-dish hubcaps, and Continental TrueContact Tour tires.
Pricing starts at $159,000, with production expected to begins in 2024.
Regardless of opinions surrounding the EV conversion, the powertrain is certainly an upgrade. As context, a basic 1952 Chevy 3100 was equipped with a 216.5-cubic-inch or 3.5-liter I6 that choked out gross 92 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful Chevy small/medium duty pickup truck was the Chevy 6000. Powered by a 235.5 cubic-inch (3.9L) I6, the 6000 produced 105 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque.
Interested buyers can check out the truck here.
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Hmmm, a little more expensive but A LOT better looking than many of the new EV pickups hitting the market.
Yes it makes an interesting conversation piece at a car show but I prefer original restored version. JMO
I think it’s cool and if that IS the future at least I can look forward to not being here when it does happen. Seriously, the hot rod and custom car industry have always been about improvement and change. However, some things take time to reveal acceptance as with EV conversion in older vehicles. Cost is a major factor in the success of EVing the classics. I’ve seen a couple of conversions that run into the millions and the low end like above in the $100k plus range. Psychologically, how many people want to spend huge bucks like that and be ridiculed at a car show or never hear the beautiful sound of opposing cylinders? And then on a 5 senses necessity when it comes to engines, no EV will ever look, smell and sound as good as a built V8 when it’s smoking the tires and hustling down the road
Totally agree with Mike. Don’t see the need but then I’m not going to spend $150k plus for an ev anything especially a lookS like an old truck but NOT. VERY SIMILAR TO AN EV Corvette. Neet to have but just not the same as a restored one. JMO
How about the option of an early Trailblazer DOHC, 4-valve 4.2 liter inline six with its 4-speed auto trans? Not a tire burner, but an significant upgrade from the 216 and 235 stove bolts.
What a joke.
What did PT Barnum say:
There’s a sucker born every minute
In this case the original straight 6 cylinder was a quiet running engine. Would rather see that with a 2 barrel carb conversion. To each his own.
Me also ! That straight 6 was as quiet as a mouse and no vibration. Good design.
That’s funny my 47 Chevy truck has a butterfly hood .?? 41 to 47 I’m think you mean 48 to 54 .there was two designs for 47 .