I am sure you have heard of crate motors. For the uninitiated, crate motor is a fully assembled engine shipped in a crate, ready to be installed into a car. Some crate motors are sold by automaker themselves to prospect who are doing engine swap or replacing a busted engine. So, basically, it is IC (Internal Combustion) engine thing, or is it really?
As it turns out there’s Electric Crate Motor too. Electric Crate Motor is exactly what it says it is. It is the crate motor, but electric drive. Is it even possible? Well, apparently it is doable according to electric car conversion company Electric GT. The idea of Electric Crate Motor is to make electric conversion easier with “plug-and-play” system.
It is absolutely ingenious. It is crazy how Electric GT managed to pack one or two motor systems into a “motor block” that looks like an IC engine. Save for the batteries and mounting brackets, the block includes everything necessary for an electric engine swap.
But don’t expect monstrous power out of this electric version of a “small-bloc V8.” A single motor EGT makes a modest 140 horses with 240 lb-ft of torque and the two motor system yields 240 ponies and 340 lb-ft.
For those hungry for more electric HP, there is a “Tesla Swap” in which Tesla Drive Unit will deliver between 300 and 500 HP, and comes paired to a single-speed transmission. Speaking of transmission, Electric Crate Motor is designed to work with manual transmission. It will not play well with automatic transmission.
Electric GT’s Electric Crate Motor is expected to be available to enthusiasts but pricing will only be announced later this year.
Images: Electric GT.