Electric Hot Rods are Here And They’re Awesome

Putting the engine from a Chevelle into a classic C-10 is pretty cool, right? Well, what about putting the motor from a Bolt into one? No, what about putting two of them where that archaic hunk of iron used to live?

That’s exactly what Chevrolet Performance has done with the E-10. It’s a vintage truck, shown today at SEMA, that puts a prototype electric crate powertrain into a lowered and modernized 1962 Chevy C-10.

It starts with two of the eCrate motors, derived from those in the Bolt EV, that made a combined 450 hp. They’re linked to a pair of 400V battery packs mounted in the bed, but they’re bolted to a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic. That’s a 4L60 designed to handle 675 lb-ft of torque. It’s a total of 160 kWh of battery power and while Chevrolet didn’t give a range estimate, we’re guessing its more than enough to let you spend the day cruising in this classic Chevy pickup.

Chevrolet’s E-10 Concept Electrifies Hot Rodding World

“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.”

There’s one part of this concept, though, that we’re not really thrilled with. A three-speaker fake noise system that can make it sound like an LS7 7.0L V8. Or you can just turn it off and let the motors do their thing. Which we’d prefer.

GM says that this one isn’t production-ready yet, but that they are working on bringing electric propulsion conversions like this (and the one in last year’s eCOPO) to production.

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