For fans of vintage American iron, the looming transition to electric motivation might strike fear into your heart: your nostalgia express might be rendered inoperable. Well, there’s some good news for those that are interested in modifying your classic: EV crate conversions. While this technology is still in its relative infancy, it does seem to be gaining some traction. Ford is teasing an electric crate powertrain solution that is slated for a debut at the SEMA show, scheduled to take place in early November.
Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. Chevrolet introduced a similar system back in 2018. That system has since evolved into the eCrate system, which Chevrolet said would be hitting the market sometime this year. Some solutions aren’t exactly bolt-in, which have been becoming more popular, and powerful, as these electric technologies have advanced.
Ford jumped to Twitter to tease its upcoming Eluminator powertrain. This name is an obvious play on its Aluminator crate engine, and it will likely start a whole series of electric powertrain solutions for project cars. Details are still light on Ford’s plan for EV crate powertrains, but we’re sure that the company looked at its crosstown rival’s bolt-in-friendly approach and considered the problems of replacing an internal-combustion engine with an electric motor. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.