Answer:Seeing that EV technology is changing so rapidly these days, how do you choose what batteries, motors and other components to use in your builds? Do you think any major auto OEM (like Tesla) will eventually sell their batteries, motors and other components direct to consumers or garages?
These are good observations.It all depends on what the customer is looking for and you go from there. I think the major manufactures outside Tesla already do, its just prohibitively expensive at this point. Also its not like an engine that works basically anywhere. OEM motors are looking for information from all over the car and will not work without the proper modules also making it unfeasible to use.
The situation for eCOPO Camaro components will be very different from regular production components, since the eCOPO is a promotional race vehicle (not a production or roadworthy vehicle), and the components are not even based on anything used by GM in production. The motor does use two BorgWarner HVH 250-150 cores, which were originally developed for GM's two-mode hybrid, but they are no longer used in any GM product. GM builds their own motors, similar in design (High-Voltage Hairpin bar-wound) to the HVH line.I am very curious to see how Chevy in particular handles the selling of the eCOPO motor.
Crate engine distribution is very different from production car replacement component distribution.“The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers,” said O’Blenes. “Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We’re not there yet, but it’s something we’re exploring.”
Sure, auto manufacturers often make PR with the efforts of race teams - that's why they pay contingency awards.Reading between the lines, eCOPO was nothing more than GM PR riding the coattails of a high school teacher, who has a racing team, whose kids helped build the car, IMO.
Most race teams are not factory-funded, and modifications for racing often have no connection to production parts. Do you really think there are any GM or Ford chassis components in "Chevrolet" and "Ford" NASCAR race cars? I do agree that the general lack of technical connection to past or present GM EVs suggests that GM was not involved in development of the eCOPO, although the HVH motors were originally developed by Remy (a former GM division) for GM's two-mode hybrids.The easiest way to do that was to replace the LS with HV250 cores and use third party electronics. I doubt GM put a nickel into it and there's NOTHING in the conversion that uses GM EV parts, which should stink to any journalist worth their salt.
Perhaps not, but GM sells crate motors which share few if any parts with any production engine they have ever built.I seriously doubt you'll see a "crate" conversion or an eCOPO from GM Performance Parts within a decade from now.