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.