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.