Chevrolet shows its electric hot rod
At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet has just unveiled the “Future of Hot Roding” with the electrically powered E-10 Concept. It is based on a 1962 C-10 pickup equipped with components from the Bolt EV, among others.
Basically, two drives from the bolt were installed on the loading area of the pickup. GM calls this “Connect & Cruise drive package” in the press release. Overall, the E-10 Concept has an impressive output of 336 kW.
However, the two drives with their separate 400-volt batteries do not each drive one wheel, but transmit their power to the rear axle via a conventional “SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission”. The eCrate double-stack engine replaces the original petrol engine, but the automatic transmission of the combustion engine remains unchanged.
Since the E-10 Concept uses two Bolt series batteries at the same time, it can store up to 120 kWh of energy. However, GM does not mention a range, presumably because a hot rod is more about acceleration than long distances. From a standstill it should accelerate to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds, the quarter-mile important in the USA should be completed in 13 seconds.
“The Chevrolet E-10 electrified Connect & Cruise concept system reimagines the performance crate engine for hot rodders,” said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “As General Motors continues to work toward our vision of a zero-emissions world, concepts such as this help us get there, while still supporting the enthusiasts who love to drive vintage vehicles.”
In order not to completely alienate traditional dragster fans, the E-10 Concept will not drive silently across the drag strip. The car will be equipped with a sound modulator and three loudspeakers. Optionally it should be able to simulate a V8, but also an “induction sound”.