Hot-Rod Fans Wooed With Vintage Chevvy BEV Concept

Chevrolet has set out to woo the hot rod community by unveiling its vintage E-10 Concept BEV pickup truck.

The truck debuted at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas is based on a 1962 C-10 truck but one powered by an electric ‘Connect & Cruise’ concept crate powertrain offering approximately 448bhp redeploying proven components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

While hot-rodders are known to be rather nonchalant about a vehicle’s heritage, preferring speed and looks over originality, many historic vehicle enthusiasts would consider tearing out the ICE powertrain from a 1962 vehicle as an act of vandalism. Nonetheless, the hot-rodders would have been more interested in the vehicle’s claimed vital statistics including a 0-60 mph sprint time of around 5 seconds and quarter mile times in the high 13 second range.

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. Chevrolet says the independent setup of the two battery packs allows for simultaneous charging, more range and more than doubling the available power in a production Bolt EV.

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 claims 60 kWh of usable energy under a hard tonneau cover.

To fit in with the hot-rod community, the E-10 has a sound emulator 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. The sounds will automatically adjust to the changing of the gears, truly mimicking an internal combustion engine.

Jim Campbell, General Motor’s vice-president of Performance and Motorsports, said: “The Chevrolet E-10 electrified Connect & Cruise concept system reimagines the performance crate engine for hot rodders. 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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