The classic Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck has just been converted into an EV thanks to Californian company Kindred Motorworks.
In creating the car, Kindred takes a 1947-1953 Chevrolet 3100 and ditches the original powertrain entirely, in favor of a 74 kWh battery pack juicing up a 294 hp electric motor at the rear wheels. The battery pack features modules from KORE Power and the 6.6 kW on-board charger supports both 120V and 240V charging.
Kindred says it takes approximately nine hours to fully charge the car through a Level 2 charger and that the 3100 can travel 200 miles (320 km) on a single charge.
It’s not just the electric powertrain that makes the pickup unique. For example, the suspension been upgraded with double wishbones at the front, there’s a new electrically assisted rack and pinion steering, and is also rocking power disc brakes at all four corners. Kindred has also equipped the Chevy with an electronic parking brake, keyless entry, power locks and windows, and a 1000-watt 120V power inverter feeding a power outlet in the bed and USB ports.
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Some tweaks have also been made to the exterior design of the 3100. This includes the fitment of full LED lights, a split windshield, and a functional original cowl fresh-air vent. The bed has also been equipped with marine-grade waterproof flooring, modular tie-downs, and a push-button tailgate with hidden links.
Move to the interior and you will find a heated leather bench seat with headrests, three-point seat belts, a rotary gear selector, a touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an audio system with three speakers and a subwoofer, and a wireless phone-charging dock.
“We’re so happy to finally share the Kindred 3100, which rounds out our diverse launch-model lineup,” Kindred Motorworks founder and chief executive Rob Howard said. “The 3100 is a pure EV that combines iconic looks and inherent practicality with a clean, advanced, and easy-to-use powertrain. We take so much pride in every vehicle we make, and the Kindred 3100 is no exception. “It represents balance—a beautiful design that’s fun and easy to own and drive, but that isn’t afraid to do a little dirty work as well.”
Production of the electric Chevrolet 3100 will commence in 2024 with prices starting from $159,000.