This is the future of restomods.
General Motors is going all-in with fully electric vehicles. We've known this for months, ever since it announced plans to phase out internal combustion engines by 2035. The Detroit-based carmaker says it's now guided by a vision of "zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion." Building cars like the new GMC Hummer EV is certainly a major component to this, but it's not everything. What about those who wrench at home and wish to continue doing so in the electrification era?
GM has just announced a new strategy to offer EV tech literally "one component at a time." Its goal is simple: to reach as many customers as possible with zero-emissions technologies. A few aftermarket examples GM plans to launch shortly include the Electric Connect and Cruise eCrate Package.
Customers will have the opportunity to work with GM's electric specialty vehicle modifier (eSVM) program. Proof of concept has already been achieved with the E-10 pickup, K5 Blazer, eCOPO Camaro, and, most recently, a fully electrified 1972 El Camino SS (pictured here) that was developed with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Not only does it look pretty sweet, it's also the first independent installation of the eCrate package. Additional electric components courtesy of GM Powered Solutions will continue to launch in the months and years ahead.
"GM has an established strategy, network of integrators and co-development agreements to apply an extensive array of components and solutions to a broad range of customers and use cases," said Travis Hester, GM vice president of Electric Vehicle Growth Operations.
The company says it estimates the market for these electrification components could reach nearly $20 billion by 2030. "As companies across many industries look to reduce their environmental impact, GM is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader not only through exciting new EVs across our brands, but through additional technology applications, and we look forward to bringing customers - existing and new - along with us on our zero-emissions journey."
GM is not limiting its electrification plans to street-legal vehicles. It's joining forces with Textron Ground Support Equipment, Inc. to electrify things like baggage, cargo tractors, and belt loaders. It also sees plenty of opportunities in marine propulsion, aka boats. Another recently announced investment was in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based company specializing in electric watercraft.