Holley Introduces Bolt-On Kit to Tesla Swap Vintage Chevy C10 Pickups

Parts giant, Holley, has recognized the growing trend of electric drivetrain swaps, driven by the increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs). With Tesla leading the market in EV production, many enthusiasts opt for Tesla-based drive units in their conversion projects. Now, Holley has joined the movement by offering an accessible kit specifically designed for swapping rear motors from Tesla Model S/X into third-generation Chevy C10 pickups. The best part? It’s surprisingly affordable.

Priced at $700, this comprehensive kit easily attaches to the truck’s frame, requiring some drilling and notching to accommodate the new components. While welding is not mandatory, AEM, the company behind the kit, suggests that it could enhance the overall chassis rigidity. Once the adapters are properly installed, the Tesla dual-motor drive unit seamlessly bolts into place, facilitating the conversion process

Even though the Model X, Tesla’s largest SUV, may not possess the same utilitarian characteristics as the C10, some modifications are necessary for successful integration. Once the new unit is installed, the rear suspension undergoes a 4-6 inch drop from its stock height. Consequently, the front suspension must also be adjusted to accommodate this change. Due to these modifications, the kit is primarily suitable for street rods. It’s important to note that this kit is not designed to compete with vehicles like the F-150 Lightning, so don’t expect it to outperform them.

Additionally, the installation of the Tesla hardware requires different wheels with a new bolt pattern. The wheels should be around 10 inches wide with approximately 8 inches of backspacing to accommodate the wider track of the Tesla components. This requirement highlights the specific nature of the kit. While it does enable a relatively straightforward installation of a portion of an electric powertrain into a C10, complete EV swaps are neither simple, cheap, nor easy. This kit does not include the necessary high-voltage power electronics or a battery. Furthermore, it’s important to recognize that Tesla Model S/Xs operate at voltages ranging from 350 to 400 volts, which can be instantly fatal if one comes into contact with the wrong components.

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