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Chevy's E-10 Concept is "the future of hot-rodding"

C-10 pick-up gets an all-electric drivetrain, including batteries from the Bolt

Published: 05 Nov 2019

Welcome to what Chevy’s calling “the future of hot rodding”. Built for this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, it’s a 1962 C-10 pick-up with a special “Connect & Cruise” electric powertrain.

The E-10 Concept (see what they did there…) has two 60kWh batteries from the Bolt EV. These are mounted in the bed under a solid tonneau cover, and supply power to a pair of plug-and-play ‘eCrate’ motors that live in the engine bay. They produce around 450bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels only via a conventional automatic transmission. Chevy claims 0-60mph in less than five seconds, and a quarter-mile time in the high-13s.

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It doesn’t look all that different to a regular C-10 - lowered suspension (or is that just the weight of the batteries?), bright orange paint and 20/22-inch (front/rear) notwithstanding.

Shoudn’t sound so different either, thanks to a sound emulator. There are three speakers – one at the front and two at the back – and five modes. You can choose between the Camaro Z28’s LS7 in either Track or Touring mode, a regular V8 (in these modes, the front speaker does induction noise while the rear two burble. Reacts to gear changes too), a futuristic spaceship-style noise or total silence.

Built in just 18 weeks, the E-10 looks ahead to a ‘crate’ EV powertrain that could be offered by GM in the future. Sounds promising.

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