On the occasion of the SEMA Show 2019 currently being held in Las Vegas, Chevrolet unveiled on November 5th a new electric pickup concept. Called E-10, it refers to the C-10, a vehicle first commercialized in the 1960s.
The concept is described by the constructor as " the future of hot rodding ". A future that is defined as much by its power as by its retro look.
From 0 to 100 km / h in five seconds
The vehicle has two 60 kWh batteries on board, giving it an autonomy equivalent to that of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is approximately 320 km. These two batteries are placed at the rear and feed two electric motors "eCrate" located, them, in front. The E-10 is able to deliver 450 horsepower to only the rear wheels and receives a traditional automatic transmission. It can go from 0 to 100 km / h in about five seconds, and perform 400 meters with a stopped start in less than 13 seconds.
For Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance and Motorsports at Chevrolet, Chevrolet E-10's Connect & Cruise Electrified System Reinvents Powerful Engine for Hot Rod Fans ". And to continue While General Motors continues to work on a no-emissions world, concepts like this help us achieve this, while continuing to support vintage car enthusiasts. ".
Russ O'Blenes, the director of the manufacturer's "Performance" versions, adds: " The concept of the E-10 builds on the experience and dynamics produced by eCOPO last year, furthering the idea of this kind of electric propulsion system, which makes the most of the components current. All of this is still in the testing stage, but this concept brings electric hot rods closer to reality ". In 2018, Chevrolet unveiled the eCOPO Camaro, an electric supercar dedicated to drag racing.
Cure of youth for hot rod
Regarding its design, the E-10 is inspired directly from the C-10, a pickup truck marketed in 1962. It takes the main features, including maintaining the angular character of the cabin. The two batteries occupy most of the space in the back, they remove the spacious and practical side of this kind of pickup. The ground clearance seems to have been lowered, and the rims at the front and rear are now 20 and 22 inches respectively.
The concept also has three speakers (one at the front, two at the back) supposed to give the electric motors – and therefore silent – the desired noise. Among the possible sounds, the vehicle is able to imitate the soft sound of a V8 or that of the Camaro Z28 LS7.
Jim Campbell adds that the concept would have been fully designed in 18 weeks. For him, this vehicle must show what " the future of the propulsion system eCrate Chevrolet and hot rodding ".