This electric “crate” motor puts electric tech in your garage project

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Electric power swaps are becoming more and more popular, but that doesn’t mean the technology is at all approachable for DIY garage tinkerers. A company called Electric GT has taken a step in the right direction with a crate-style electric motor setup.

Electric GT Crate motor
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Tesla has proved that electric power can form the basis for exciting and desirable cars, but not everyone wants to spend the roughly $40,000 for a Model 3. Meanwhile, the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, and Hyundai Ioniq electric aren’t exactly thrilling to drive. An electric conversion for a car that originally used internal combustion is an option, but how to make that happen is at this point not widely understood nor straightforward as an LS-swap in the eyes of many enthusiasts. 

In that spirit, Electric GT made sure to lend a “big-block-V-8” style to its nifty electric crate motor, which is only five inches longer than a Chevy small-block, water pump included. (That being said, a Chevy big-block is three inches shorter. Do what you will with that info.) Despite the V-8-derived nomenclature, Electric GT’s “crate” motor is a plug-and-play avenue to becoming an EV enthusiast, inspired by the highly-swappable, approachable reputation of LS V-8s.  

Depending how many motors you opt for in this “block,” Electric GT estimates the setup will make between 140–240 horsepower and between 240–340 lb-ft of torque. Your options are single or double motors, base A50 spec or upgrades to AC51 or HyPer 9 motors—though you’ll need to hook up your own battery pack. The coolest part? The “block” mates to your existing transmission via a Lovejoy coupling, eliminating the need for cost-prohibitive direct-drive transmission and drivetrain swaps. 

Coolant lines and a pump are included, and the would-be valve covers house a 6.6-kW charger and a DC-DC converter. Rig yourself a wiring harness, arrange the coolant system, grab a battery pack, and look for mounting points. As a proof of concept, Electric GT is currently stuffing the thing into a 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

If the motor’s power and torque numbers don’t blow your socks off, we understand. In a pure numbers fight, Electric GT’s setup would strain itself against an ’80s Chevy 305, and, as our resident LS-swap-expert attests, “People will pay you to take those.” We doubt Electric GT’s customer base will overlap with the small-block crowd, but we nevertheless contend that there’s room for each in an enthusiast’s garage. 

Electric GT Crate motor
Instagram / Electricgte
Electric GT Crate motor
Instagram / Electricgte

Electric GT Crate motor
Instagram / Electricgte

Electric GT isn’t alone in seeing the market potential for compact, swappable units, since Swindon Powertrain cooked up a 70-kg, 80-kW system that fits, so they say, under the bonnet of a classic Mini or in a quad bike. 

Electric GT’s win here is in putting electric tech on your doorstep and striving to make it approachable. We dig it.

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