Chevrolet shows off E-10 electric concept at SEMA

Shawn Knight

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Ford wasn’t the only American automaker turning heads in Las Vegas this week with an electric powerplant. Rival Chevrolet at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show brought along a modified 1962 C-10 pickup outfitted with an electric powertrain derived from the Chevy Bolt EV.

The electric propulsion system, from Connect & Cruise, uses a “double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrate)” alongside two 400-volt batteries mounted in the bed of the truck under a hard tonneau cover. Helping get the estimated 450 horsepower to the ground is a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission.

Chevy estimates the truck can reach 60 mph in around five seconds and run the quarter mile in the high 13-second range. That’s impressive, especially for a truck of this age, but not the groundbreaking performance we’ve come to expect from high-end electrics like the Tesla Roadster.

Russ O’Blenes, director of Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, said they designed the system to deliver both power and range but notably, didn’t mention the vehicle’s estimated range per charge.

Annoyingly, Chevy couldn’t just let the electric live in its own skin. They added a “sound emulator” that mimics the sound of a V8 to in order to “fit in with other hot rods on the road.” Fortunately, this can be disabled.

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netman

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Battery fills up the whole bed...? Where is the room for the cargo...?! The battery location though is in a safe place, not under the driver, and at least you don't have to worry your A$$ may get on fire if battery explodes or malfunctions....!
 

captaincranky

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Battery fills up the whole bed...? Where is the room for the cargo...?! The battery location though is in a safe place, not under the driver, and at least you don't have to worry your A$$ may get on fire if battery explodes or malfunctions....!
You're unfortunately assuming the truck's rear window is at least 1/2" Lexan, mounted in a 1/2" steel body panel.

Am I exaggerating? Honestly, I'm not sure.... :confused:

Chevrolet could possibly take its safety cues from the design of the A-10 "Warthog's" cockpit.

"The single-seat cockpit is protected by all-round armour, with a titanium ‘bathtub’ structure to protect the pilot that is up to 3.8cm thick. The cockpit has a large bulletproof bubble canopy, which gives good all-round vision".

(From "airforce technology.com")

But then again, lithium batteries don't ever catch fire or explode. Who's ever heard of such a thing? :eek:;)
 
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captaincranky

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Meh it's not like gas doesn't explode, who wants to hold a gas powered cell phone to their face?
Yeah, but you normally have to go out of your way to drive an old Ford Pinto, and slam your brakes on while being tailgated to make that gasoline explosion happen for you.

Besides, smokers hold butane gas lighters up to their faces all the time, largely without incident. (Save for those are using those lighters to heat crack). :eek:
 
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