Chevrolet is bringing a tricked-out electric hotrod to this year’s SEMA show to prove that electricity can be cool.
Chevy is having trouble with their EVs. In a word, they’re lame. The Bolt is a boring electric city car with no performance and a sticker price too high to make it attractive in a world that includes the Tesla Model 3, while the eCOPO Camaro racer was so unattractive to buyers that it failed to sell at auction.
That might’ve been the Camaro’s fault more than the electric powertrain’s fault. But either way, Chevy is desperate for a win on the electric front.
Enter the E-10 Concept. Based on a 1962 C-10 pickup, Chevy hopes that folks won’t recall the short-lived S-10 electric pickup from the late ‘90s when they’re checking out this new electric pickup. But just as a reminder, the S-10 was yet another failed Chevrolet foray into the world of electricity, although that was more to do with the fact that battery and electric motor technology hadn’t progressed anywhere near enough to compete with combustion engines.
The E-10 doesn’t have that problem. It uses the latest and greatest electric Chevy tech to make it a truly hot rod.
Starting with what's under the hood. The E-10 uses a "Connect & Cruise" concept crate propulsion package that has twin eCrate motors replacing the original gas engine. That makes 450 total hp directed to the rear wheels through a conventional SuperMatic™ 4L75-E automatic transmission.
In the back are two 400-volt battery packs from a Chevy Bolt mounted in the bed with 120 kWh of total energy. Zero to sixty is done in 5 seconds, while quarter-mile times are measured in the 13-second range.
Chevy also gives the E-10 a sound generator to make it seem like it has a burbling V8 instead of electric motors. You can turn it off or tune it to sound exactly the way you want it, but it’s still a strange addition to what is supposed to be a purely electric car.
The E-10 will be on display at SEMA beside the John Force Edition 2020 COPO Camaro race car and almost two dozen other Chevy concepts.