Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept Electrifies Hot Rodding World

Chevy shows off an electric ’62 C-10 pickup at SEMA. Do you love it, hate it, or are you on the fence?

As vehicle testers who are fortunate enough to have jobs following the evolution of the automobile, it seems pretty apparent that the future of performance is electric. Every enthusiast loves torque above all else and electrification provides not just the most torque possible, but the very best kind of torque. Instant torque.

Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept Electrifies Hot Rodding World

Chevy is showing off what it calls the future of hot rodding at the SEMA Show. It is a 1962 C-10 pickup truck powered by an electric Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package using proven components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. It has about 450 HP. Not bad.

Called the E-10, this rear-wheel drive truck can lay down 0-60 mph times of around 5 seconds, about twice as fast to sixty as a new Duramax Diesel Colorado.

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

Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept Electrifies Hot Rodding World

Chevy says the E-10’s Connect & Cruise concept propulsion system is built from 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 resides in the same spot under the hood where its gas engine would have been. Power to the drive motor comes from the pair of independent Chevrolet Bolt EV power electronics and two production Bolt EV battery packs. The twin batteries are in the cargo bed under a hard tonneau cover. Each offers 60 kWh of usable energy.

Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept Electrifies Hot Rodding World

“The E-10 Concept builds on the experience and momentum generated by last year’s eCOPO Concept, taking the idea of a ‘crate’ electric propulsion system further by leveraging actual production components,” said Russ O’Blenes, director of Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports. “It’s all still in the testing stage, but this concept brings the electric option for hot rodders much closer to reality.”

What say you GM-Trucks.com faithful? Is this the future of hot-rodding?