This classic 1962 Chevy C10 pickup truck is packing a new eCrate system from General Motors. It uses two electric motors from a Chevy Bolt EV, a 120 kWh battery pack, and a traditional automatic transmission to send up to 450 horsepower to the rear wheels.
Chevy E-10 Truck
Chevrolet calls this eCrate electric power system “Connect & Cruise”. This concept is meant to show what’s possible if you want to convert your hot rod to electric power.
Under the hood where a traditional V8 would be is a double-stack of electric motors. These are connected to a 4L75-E automatic transmission. The power is then sent to the rear axle. Two lithium-ion 60 kWh batteries that are also used in a production Bolt EV are packaged behind the cab inside the bed.
Chevy says the E-10 can do a 0-60 MPH run in about 5 seconds and dispatch a quarter mile in the 13 seconds range.
If you are having second thoughts about converting a classic truck like this to electricity because of the lack of the “V8 engine sound” – Chevy thought about it and installed a combustion engine sound simulation system.
There is one speaker in the front and two speakers in the back. The driver can choose among several different engine sounds: LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring turning, a V8 engine, a futuristic sound, or silent mode. Chevy says the engine sound emulator can change the exhaust note according to when the transmission shifts the gears.
We are yet to test this system. Stay tuned for more video coverage of this truck and many others from 2019 SEMA show.