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News This Chevrolet 3100 is the most beautiful EV you’ll see all day

This Chevrolet 3100 is the most beautiful EV you’ll see all day

  • The Californian firm will start production of this electric pickup in 2024 at a starting price of $159,000 US.

  • The Chevrolet truck delivers 294 horsepower.

  • The electric range is around 200 miles (or 320 km).


 

This beautiful Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck produced between 1947 and 1953 has just been upgraded to an electric powertrain by Kindred Motorworks based in Vallejo, California. Kindred Motorworks already has other classic models available for complete restoration – with either an electric or gasoline powertrain – but the 3100 pickup is their latest creation, and we have to admit that the result is quite mind blowing.

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

On the outside, almost nothing suggests that this truck has undergone a complete makeover, although the height of the truck does give away a little on the Chevy truck’s character. In fact, the suspension has been modified to accommodate a double-wishbone arrangement up front, while the power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering column makes life easier for the user. And since this truck is designed to be driven, the addition of disc brakes at all four corners of the truck ensures a certain level of safety. The company’s wizards have also integrated an electronic parking brake, and even a keyless entry system, electric windows, and USB ports. Finally, a 1,000-watt 120V inverter powers an outlet in the bed of the truck.

Under the hood, the original powertrain has been replaced by this 294-horsepower electric motor that sends all that juice to the rear axle only. The motor is powered by a 74-kWh battery, and the van has a built-in 6.6 kW charger that can be powered by 120 V or 240 V sources.

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

On the other hand, using a Level 2 charging station will recharge the pickup’s battery in about nine hours, according to Kindred Motorworks. The pickup is said to be capable of driving 200 miles (or 320 km) between charges, a less impressive distance than the newest EVs on the market, but none of those models have the charisma of this completely electric overhauled truck.

Inside, the leather-covered bench seat also benefits from seat belts – which weren’t mandatory at the time – and even heated seating, while the dashboard hosts a center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, a three-speaker audio system and subwoofer, and wireless smart device charging.

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

Kindred plans to begin production of this Chevrolet 3100 pickup starting in 2024 at a price of $159,000 USD.

Note that the company also offers an all-electric Volkswagen T1 van, a Ford Bronco or a Chevrolet Camaro, both of which come out of the company’s workshops with a good old V8. On the other hand, the Bronco can also get the electric option for quiet offroad trips.

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

Chevrolet 3100 EV conversion Photo: Kindred Motorworks

 

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