GM Shocks SEMA With Battery Electric Chevrolet E-10 Concept18
Chevrolet has shocked SEMA showgoers with the new E-10 Concept, a fully electric concept truck built around a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck.
The main purpose of the Chevy E-10 Concept is to show off the automaker’s new concept electric crate propulsion package. This electric crate powertrain produces 450 horsepower via two ‘eCrate’ motors, two 400-volt batteries and a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission. The double stack eCrate motors send power to the rear wheels via the four-speed transmission and receive power from a pair of independent Chevrolet Bolt EV power electronics and two production Bolt EV battery packs. Mounted in the truck’s bed, each battery pack offers 60 kWh of usable energy for a total of 120 kWh. The entire system is comprised of existing production EV components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Chevy says the 450-horsepower E-10 Concept can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in roughly five seconds and complete the quarter-mile in the “high 13-second range.” In order to “fit in with other hot rods,” it also has a three-speaker “sound emulator” which is designed to simulate the induction sound and exhaust noise of a V8 engine. There are five different modes on the so-called emulator, each attempting to mimic a different engine. These include a 7.0-liter LS7, a race-specific version of the 7.0-liter LS7, a different Small Block V8 and a “futuristic” sound. Chevy also says the sounds will automatically adjust to the changing of the gears, in order to truly mimic the behavior of an internal-combustion engine.
The automaker didn’t say how far the truck can travel on a single charge. However, it does claim that it is “just getting started” with regards to electric crate powertrains, and plans to eventually offer products with greater power and greater range to suit “the different needs and priorities of all types of enthusiasts.”
“The E-10 Concept builds on the experience and momentum generated by last year’s eCOPO Concept, taking the idea of a ‘crate’ electric propulsion system further by leveraging actual production components,” said director of Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports Russ O’Blenes. “It’s all still in the testing stage, but this concept brings the electric option for hot rodders much closer to reality.”
In addition to its battery-electric concept crate powertrain, the E-10 Concept also features contemporary design elements such as an illuminated Chevrolet Bow Tie emblem, LED headlamps and taillamps, and lowered suspension with large alloy wheels. The interior is set off with a digital display, which relays info about the electric propulsion system, and leather-trimmed seats.
The E-10 Concept will be on display at the 2019 SEMA Show all this week.
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Nice package but useless bed. Why does GM build great looking concepts that have nothing in common with their current line-up? There is no reg cab short box available in US let alone a lowered suspension package. Wonder what this truck weighs?
If you are asking about the bed on this, you have clearly missed the whole point… not by an inch or even a foot… but by thousands of miles.
Hokey to have a sound system to make it sound like a V8 engine. What purpose does that serve? Put a baseball card in the spokes like the old days. LOL.
That is a beautiful engineering packaging! Now do it to the Chevy Colorado!
So battery is so big it has to have a pickup bed to fit?
@rwd what part of the words “show vehicle” do you not understand? Not every truck has to haul a payload to be a truck. The GMC Syclone pickup in the early 1990s had a tow rating of zero pounds. Why does this show truck intended to showcase an “e-crate” engine have to be any different.
Looks like somebody doesn’t understand what a show vehicle is.
Electrics will be great in hot rods once they get batteries that will be small enough to fit in places that are not in the way.
If they can get a 500 mile range in a battery in the size and shape of the gas tank would be wonderful. Then to be able to charge it in the same time as a fill would solve most of the issues the normal consumer would be concerned about. Then price it in the same range as ICE and still make money.
These are important goals they will reach the real question is just when?
Don’t think you’ll be able to charge it in the time of a fill but if you could swap out a battery pack at a station that would solve the problem
Far out!!! Chevrolet, please finish my 66 like this for me I’ve been working on it for almost 30 years on and off!
It occurs to me that all of this elctrification of the automobile hype is very much like the decades long ‘flying car of the future’ sci-fi BS auto makers and the media kept pushing in the past.
when you stop and think for just a few minutes about what is actually required for a Billion electroc vehicles to operate effectively and effciently in the modern world, nevermind the near future – its a pure fantasy. We are no where near the infrastructure, technology, range or real world charging time necessary for EVERYONE to have and operate and elctric vehicle.
Also an electric car is always at a disadvantage because any accessory attached to it will fight against the motor for that oh so prcious electricity. An ICE is literally a powerplant in every sense of the word. It not only propels the vehicle, but provides the power for EVERYTHING within it while still propelling said vehicle for a minimum of 350-500miles.
And we havent even discussed the fact that ICE can easily be emissions free thanks to alternative fuels.
Electroc propulsion is literally solving a problem thats non existent!
jzEllis, You are actually wrong on all points. Don’t just think for a “few minutes” but do actual research for a few hours. Look at the statistics on who is buying what. Look at the advancements in battery technology that are advancing each month – not each decade like ICE. Look at the facts about “any accessory attached to it”. You are just wrong, so far. However, with a few hours of research into your thinking points, you will be caught up!
If you don’t believe in electrification of the automobile, just rip out your 12 V battery, starter and alternator. Then try to start your obsolete gas engine without it, or use any device in the car! You will see that a car has more electrical devices than gas devices. Eventually just remove the engine, make the starter motor bigger and powerful enough to move the car, and that is an EV!
And if you live in California good luck charging when utilizes are turned off for days. You can store a can of electricity in your garage for emergency.
I can do exactly that! I have an Onan generator set and with a five gallon plastic jug I can store, and generate enough electricity to run an EV for over fifty miles.
What a waste of a great truck. A cool wrapper on a Bolt.
Why so negative on the truck? It’s more than a bolt, truck looks great! It should perform very well, be a great around town cruiser, or a bracket racer as it should be more consistent than a gas motor
“Comprised of”? Come on! Bad writer! Bad!