Go EV with the Chevrolet Performance Ultium eCrate Package

By J.A. Ackley
Dec 21, 2022 | Chevrolet, ev, Ultium, Chevrolet Performance, electric car, Chevrolet Ultium eCrate Package

Photography by J.A. Ackley

If you’re looking for a plug-and-play option to electrify your vehicle, Chevrolet Performance offers the Ultium eCrate package. It includes everything you need to convert over your ICE car to electric.

The package begins with a 400-volt motor–good for 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque–that can be mounted to a GM transmission.

An exciting aspect of Chevrolet Performance’s upcoming retail offering is the potential to replace the internal combustion engine of a compatible vehicle with a fully electric propulsion system, while preserving as much of the original vehicle as possible,” said Prashant Ahire, Chief Engineer for the Chevrolet Performance eCrate. “Retaining a transmission helps mitigate the need to create a new driveline arrangement, while also maintaining the feeling of shifting through gears.”

A 66 kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplies the juice. It measures 7.3 inches to 13.7 inches tall, 50.2 inches wide, and 71.1 inches long. The battery pack weighs 947 pounds.

The package also includes the following accessories to make your car go electric:

  • Charging cord set (Type 1) and charging receptacle
  • Accelerator pedal
  • Thermal management system, with air conditioning compressor, cabin heater and more
  • High-voltage power electronics and supporting high-voltage electric cables
  • Low-voltage harnesses and controllers
  • Transmission control module
  • Auxiliary power module
  • RESS/high-voltage battery
  • eCrate gateway module
  • Power line control module
  • Onboard charging module
  • Radiator
  • Motor control module
  • Condenser
  • Vehicle integration control module
  • High-power distribution module
  • Single power inverter module
  • RESS/battery cooler
  • Battery heater module

So, what vehicles can you use this on? Anything that can fit it, according to Ahire. The endless amount of possibilities excites him.

Leveraging over 100 years of engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and other core competencies, GM is well positioned to serve as a trusted partner for customers looking to embark on their own electrification journey,” Ahire said. “The upcoming customer offering from Chevrolet Performance represents an exciting opportunity for the business to expand the benefits of EV technology into the aftermarket industry.”

The Chevrolet Performance Ultium eCrate package will be available mid-2023, and only through Chevrolet Performance-approved installers in limited quantities. Pricing will be announced closer to the time of the launch.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/20/22 4:12 p.m.

There wasn't much context, but I recently saw a video of an electrified, convertible Lincoln Continental.

It certainly makes me want to EV swap whatever lead sled I can get my hands on.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/20/22 4:25 p.m.

...only through Chevrolet Performance-approved installers in limited quantities...

This tracks with what they told me last year. You have to get approved and trained to be allowed to buy these, and if your name isn't something like Hennessey it's hard to get their attention.

Also, transmission? Sheesh. They didn't even use a transmission on their demo vehicle at SEMA last year, that yellow '57 Chevy from Hot Rod.

This would totally be suitable for something like my old Cadillacs. They were effectively going for electric propulsion characteristics.

dculberson MegaDork
12/20/22 4:26 p.m.

As good as this looks, I think they'll have trouble moving units with the single crank arm steering wheel.

More seriously, depending on pricing, this could be a really good package for modernizing old iron. I wonder what the motor weighs and how much of that 947 pound battery would be offset by a lighter motor and loss of gas tank.

Driven5 UberDork
12/20/22 5:18 p.m.

I know it's going to be too rich for my blood, in addition to being unobtaium at the DIY and grassroots level, but I'm super excited to finally see visible progress on this resuming.

This isn't the end goal, just a step in the right direction.

Apexcarver UltimaDork
12/20/22 5:25 p.m.

Only about 200hp?   Likely expensive?


If it were more like 400hp, I'd bet there would be much more traffic 

Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/20/22 8:56 p.m.


ascott GRM+ Memberand New Reader
12/20/22 10:19 p.m.

In reply to Apexcarver :

They had the system in a COPO body Camaro at SEMA in 2018. That car could supposedly run 10s in the quarter.

So I think 200hp is an initial offering, and bit of re-flashy-flashy to the motor control unit could unlock a significant amount of power. 

Though this really isn't a performance thing. The battery is too heavy. But if you're doing a resto on a cruiser 200hp and 255lb-ft available at 0 rpm while being completely silent is an appealing proposition.


earlybroncoguy1 Reader
12/20/22 10:44 p.m.

200hp? Nearly a 1000 lb battery?

I'd be a lot more impressed if it was a 200 lb battery and nearly 1000 hp.

Driven5 UberDork
12/21/22 1:41 a.m.

It's basically a Bolt powertrain... Think 'adequate performance' rather than 'high perofrmance' applications. 

STM317 PowerDork
12/21/22 12:14 p.m.

Yeah, it's definitely a Bolt battery pack and the motor specs match what's in the Bolt too. Same is probably true for most of the other "modules" included I bet. Mostly off the shelf Bolt stuff.

The trans adapter and controller are likely the stuff that required the majority of the engineering here.

The big question in my mind, is will this setup cost more than a new Bolt does?

Opti SuperDork
12/21/22 12:23 p.m.

Isnt there already grassroots electrification going on? Years ago i was reading about forklift motors, controllers and batteries was the only expensive part.

I get the benefit of going through GM, ive just been surprised about how expensive the offers coming out lately are.

Trent PowerDork
12/21/22 1:14 p.m.

I understand they are shooting for the crate motor market but bolting an electric motor to a transmission is a terrible thing in regards to efficiency and regeneration capability. 


The three EV engineers I know (Ex-Rivian/Tesla/Arcimoto) get red in the face angry every time someone points to one of these kits and asks why they don't do it that way.

Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/21/22 1:41 p.m.

I'm going with either, That's Awesome!, or What a Joke. 

The choice is going to depend on the price. I'm betting the $ per HP isn't very good and having to go through an installer moves it toward the joke side right off the bat. 


Appleseed MegaDork
12/21/22 1:59 p.m.

In reply to Trent :

Unless those engineers are involved with making a competing kit that is comparable or superior, their rage doesn't hold much water.

BimmerMaven New Reader
1/17/23 2:25 p.m.

Re: transmission


"....for compatibility..."


Is it too hard to make an aluminum housing to replace the trans?  No guts except for a straight shaft, bearings, yoke?


Obvious weight saving and friction loss...

californiamilleghia UltraDork
1/17/23 2:50 p.m.

Will the Chinese EV makers start selling retrofit kits for FWD cars , 

Most of the Chinese cars are based on Japanese or Korean cars so the Chinese EV  motor & "gearbox" would be the right size.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
1/23/23 8:37 a.m.
BimmerMaven said:

Re: transmission


"....for compatibility..."


Is it too hard to make an aluminum housing to replace the trans?  No guts except for a straight shaft, bearings, yoke?


Obvious weight saving and friction loss...

It might also be due to cost, as they want to keep the price down of this package. Chevrolet hasn't released prices yet for the Ultium eCrate, but I wouldn't expect it to be around the price of a 604 or 602 Chevrolet Performance crate engine.

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