1962 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup Is a 450 HP Electric Hot Rod with Sound Emulator

Starting with a 1962 C-10 pickup as a base, Chevrolet came up with one of the most exciting propositions on the floor of the SEMA show in Las Vegas: an electric hot rod for the future called E-10.
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The rear-wheel-driven machine uses some parts already deployed in the production version of the Bolt EV, like the power electronics and two battery packs (each good for 60 kWh). Linked to them is an electric motor that develops 450 hp, controlled via a SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission.

The powertrain, which Chevrolet pretentiously calls the Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package, is enough to give the E-10 0-60 mph times of around 5 seconds and quarter mile times in the 13 seconds range.

The pickup has been designed to look like a hot rod, and it was gifted the iconic slammed look these cars usually have. A pronounced hood, forward-leaning A-pillars, and 20 x 9-inch front and 22 x 10-inch rear wheels round up the classic look of the car.

Unfortunately, as it lacks an internal combustion engine and an exhaust system, the E-10 did not come with the growling V8 sounds one would expect from a hot rod.

To fix this, the carmaker fitted a sound emulator with three speakers that can simulate the engine sounds emitted by Chevy ICE powertrains: "LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring tuning, and a V8 engine." A futuristic sound is also available, and so is a "quiet mode."

Making the E-10 a hot rod for the future are an illuminated Bowtie emblem in the grille, and LED headlamps and taillamps. At the interior there are digital displays for the electric propulsion system, blending great with the restored cabin and leather-trimmed seats.

As with all other concepts brought by Chevy to SEMA, this one too is not meant for series production. It should be enough though to kickstart a wealth of ideas for the tuning industry.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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