The concept electric will be on display during SEMA 2019.
Chevy took a 1962 C-10 and converted it into an electric powered vehicle. While the classic vehicle conversion to electric makes good eye candy, on a more important level, it demonstrates the automaker’s capability to fit even a classic gas-design to its electric-vehicle (EV) framework.
It may sound simple, but for every current automaker, the flexibility of EV frames and the benefits that flexibility provides means bigger profit margins.
The concept Chevy E-10 uses production-based components.
The E-10’s Connect & Cruise concept propulsion system is composed of a double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrate), two 400-volt batteries and a conventional SuperMatic™ 4L75-E automatic transmission.
The double stack eCrate motor replaces the truck’s original gas engine under the hood and is connected to the automatic transmission, which transfers torque to the rear axle.
With an estimated 450 horsepower to the rear wheels, the concept electric propulsion system helps the E-10 deliver 0-60 mph times of around 5 seconds; and quarter mile times in the high 13 second range.
Power to the drive stack comes from the pair of independent Chevrolet Bolt EV power electronics and two production Bolt EV battery packs. Mounted in the truck’s bed, each offers 60 kWh of usable energy under a hard tonneau cover.
Chevrolet designers and engineers for the E-10 Concept leveraged production components from other vehicles — the Bolt EV battery packs — and fabricated custom solutions to bring the idea to life.
The motor stack is a unique assembly that houses a pair of high-efficiency motors. They’re built into a modular housing that enables up to three motor assemblies to be stacked and linked together for greater power delivery, while the Bolt EV’s modular battery packs enable range for long-distance driving.
Additionally, the independent setup of the two battery packs allows for simultaneous charging, more range and more power. In fact, the system more than doubles the available power in a production Bolt EV.
The truck’s classic silhouette, with its pronounced hood and forward-leaning A-pillars, remains instantly recognizable, while contemporary enhancements include an illuminated Bowtie emblem in the grille, LED headlamps and taillamps, and a lowered stance accented with 20 x 9-inch front and 22 x 10-inch rear wheels.
In an effort to provide a complete hot rod experience, the E-10 has a sound emulator complete with three speakers to simulate an induction sound in the front and two banks of a V8 engine in the back of the vehicle.
The driver can select one of five modes on the emulator, including: LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring turning, a V8 engine, a futuristic sound or silent – and the sounds will automatically adjust to the changing of the gears, truly mimicking an internal combustion engine.