Ever since it revealed the show-stopping 700-hp eCopo Camaro at SEMA 2018, Chevrolet has been developing out its eCrate “Connect and Cruise” aftermarket electric drive. It’s now preparing for a 2021 launch and follows last year’s E-10 pickup up with another all-electric SEMA classic truck rebuild. The 1977 K5 Blazer-E looks like every other hard-nosed two-door K5 utility vehicle out there, but instead of a V8 grumbling away under its hood it relies upon a 200-hp Bolt EV-derived electric powertrain.
Along with tuned sports cars and modded pickups, re-lifed classic SUVs are a big part of SEMA, so it’s not too surprising to see Chevy reach into its own past and dig out a classic utility vehicle to serve as the next in line for eCrate treatment.
In building the project truck, Chevy attempted to keep as much of the original Blazer intact as it could while fully modernizing the powertrain with e-drive tech. It also tried to use as many production components as possible, stating that around 90 percent of the added parts are straight off the factory Bolt.