Chevrolet develops concept crate propulsion package

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Chevrolet’s has developed an electric crate propulsion package for a pickup truck. The E-10 Concept reimagines the 1962 C-10 pickup using proven components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The E-10’s Connect & Cruise concept propulsion system is composed of a double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors, two 400V batteries and a SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission, which transfers torque to the rear axle.

“General Motors has the in-house talent required to create a concept like the E-10,” said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “With the innovative thinking and expertise our performance team, electrification team and many others at GM bring, this project went from concept to running vehicle in 18 weeks.”

Developing an estimated 456ps to the rear wheels, the propulsion system helps the E-10 reach 100km/h from standstill in around five seconds. The all-electric pickup is also equipped with a sound emulator to simulate an induction sound in the front and two banks of a V8 engine in the back of the vehicle.

“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 and motorsports at Chevrolet. “It’s all still in the testing stage, but this concept brings the electric option for hot rodders much closer to reality.”

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