Chevrolet reimagines hot rodding with E-10 Concept
Despite E10 typically being attached to ethanol-blended petrol, Chevrolet has used the name for its new electric pick-up SEMA show truck. The E-10 name here actually comes from the C-10 badge attached to the original truck, with E hinting at the powertrain.
Instead of a conventional engine, the E-10 uses an electric Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package offering approximately 450 horsepower (335kW), using components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The system uses a double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrate), two 400 volt batteries and a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission. The batteries offer 60kWh of energy, helping the E-10 to hit 60mph (97km/h) in around five seconds and complete the quarter-mile in less than 14 seconds.
Chevy has also created a sound emulator to make the electric powertrain seem more like a rumbling LS engine. The driver can select one of five modes on the emulator: LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring turning, a V8 engine etc. The sounds will automatically adjust during gear shifts, “truly mimicking an internal combustion engine.”
The rest of the truck was also modded to bring it into the 21st century. Its overall shape is the same but there’s an illuminated Chevy logo, LED lights at each end and lowered suspension with 20-inch and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear. Inside is similarly modernised, with a fully digital display taking pride of place behind the steering wheel. The rest of the interior is identical to how it came from the factory in 1962 aside from some new leather-trimmed seats.
“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 Russ O’Blenes, director of Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports.
“It’s all still in the testing stage, but this concept brings the electric option for hot rodders much closer to reality.”