Today, Chevrolet Performance offers a wide range of high-quality parts including engines, transmissions, and the Connect and Cruise packages that include an engine, a transmission, a control module for both units, and an installation kit.
The future is electric, it is obvious by now for everyone, and Chevrolet Performance became a part of that by announcing recently that they plan to sell an Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which will include an electric drive unit and battery combo.
The unit will be powered by a 60-kWh LG-Chem manufactured nickel-rich lithium-ion battery pack. It includes 288 flat cells bundled into groups of three connected in parallel and 96 groups connected in series. Wiring harnesses, controllers, and water pumps for battery heating and cooling are included in the package.
Considering it’s the same battery pack that was used on the Bolt before the 2020 upgrade, it should have a range of around 200 miles (322 km). Since the small EV weighs 3,563 lbs. (1,616 kg) with the 960 lbs. (440 kg) battery included, the range is likely to decrease when the package is used on heavier vehicles.
Chevrolet Performance could also offer additional packages in the future that will feature higher-performing motors and better batteries in order to fit a wide range of vehicles. Their goal is to eventually integrate GM’s new modular Ultium technologies into the Electric Connect and Cruise range.
In the immediate future, Chevrolet will be training and certifying professionals to install this package for customers who do not have the expertise to work with a high-voltage electric powertrain. Participating Chevrolet dealers and GM tuners will also receive all the required tools and equipment.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be the first to take part in the training and certification program. The Brighton, Michigan based company will ‘pilot’ GM’s program and provide valuable feedback for other companies and professionals interested in participating.
The package showcased on the 1977 K5 Blazer will be available in the second half of 2021 with pricing yet to be revealed by GM.