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  • 1962 Chevrolet E-10 Concept Electrifies the Classic C-10 Truck #MTSEMA19

1962 Chevrolet E-10 Concept Electrifies the Classic C-10 Truck #MTSEMA19

Are There More EV Hot Rods in Our Future?

Nov 7, 2019

The 2019 SEMA Show isn't just about gas- and diesel-burning vehicles anymore, and the 1962 Chevrolet E-10 concept is proof of that.

The all-electric hot rod is based on a C-10 pickup, boasting 450 hp and plenty of instant-on torque courtesy of two Chevrolet Performance eCrate concept electric motors. The eCrate is similar to the propulsion unit found in the critically acclaimed Chevrolet Bolt EV, so we expect the motor to make the jump from concept to production soon. One cool feature? The EV motors are joined at the middle and canted outward, mimicking the shape of a gasoline V-8.

Photo 2/15   |   2019 Sema Chevrolet E 10 Concept Engine Bay

Unusually for an EV, the Chevrolet E-10 also boasts a four-speed SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. The gearbox should improve low-speed efficiency and increase the truck's top speed. Powering the drive unit is a pair of the Bolt's production battery packs and electronics packages, each providing 60 kWh of energy. The batteries are found in the bed under a hard-shelled, side-opening tonneau cover, giving the E-10 smooth and clean styling.

Photo 3/15   |   2019 SEMA Chevrolet E 10 Concept Batteries Bed

Chevy estimates the EV concept will make the jump to 60 mph in a pavement-scorching 5 seconds, with quarter-mile times in the high 13s. What's more, to appease the hair-shirted (and frankly, boring) hot-rod enthusiast, the truck has an external speaker up front and two in the rear, simulating the induction and exhaust noises of a conventional V-8. (OK, boomer.) At the very least, the driver can select between an LS7 Z28 sound, a "futuristic" sound, or silent.

The 1962 Chevrolet E-10 concept obviously features the bodywork and styling of its vintage pickup roots, but predictably, it's been modernized to fit in with its forward-looking powertrain. LEDs fire the funky headlamps, taillights, and illuminated Bow Tie emblems in the grille and tailgate. The truck's chrome and brightwork have been significantly subdued, replaced with a gloss black grille and bronze-painted 20-inch front and 22-inch rear wheels. And the E-10's stance has been appropriately lowered to match current hot rod trends.

Photo 4/15   |   2019 Sema Chevrolet E 10 Concept

We're not sure if electric-powered vintage vehicles are heretical or fantastic. On one hand, there's nothing like the sound, smell, and feeling of an old, carbureted V-8 engine. But on the other, an EV powertrain provides instantaneous torque and low-emissions driving while still preserving the charming steering of a vintage vehicle. Regardless, we find ourselves lusting after the 1962 Chevrolet E-10 concept a whole lot.

Photo 5/15   |   2019 Sema Chevrolet E 10 Concept Wheel
Photo 6/15   |   2019 SEMA Chevrolet E 10 Concept Rear 3q

Sources

Chevrolet
Detroit, MI
http://www.chevrolet.com

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