Hot rodding is going electric, as GM demonstrates at SEMA with this resto-modded '62 pickup.
Hot rodding, in the classic sense, typically comes down to packing a big engine into an old car (or truck). And the Chevy E-10 concept certainly fits that mold. But instead of an oversized internal-combustion engine, the Bowtie brand's headline show truck for SEMA this year has gone all-electric with powertrain components from the Chevy Bolt EV.
Not that it's without muscle, mind you. The E-10 embraces GM's Connect & Cruise framework to fit 450 horsepower's worth of electric motors under the hood, with a pair of 60-kWh battery packs in the cargo bed under a hard tonneau cover.
The pair of eCrate motors drive the rear wheels through GM's conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission to deliver a 0-60 time of about five seconds and a quarter-mile in the high 13-second range. That's pretty darn quick for an old truck like the 1962 C-10 pickup on which the concept is based.
Along with the powertrain swap, Chevy also fitted LED lighting front and rear, an illuminated bowtie emblem, 20-inch wheels up front, 22-inchers at the back, a lowered suspension, a digital instrument display, and an audio emulator system to make it sound more like a Camaro Z28 than a Bolt.
The most impressive part of all, though, may be that it took GM just 18 weeks to build the custom show truck, from design to completion.
"We designed this system to deliver both power and range," said director of Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports director Russ O'Blenes,. "The exciting part is that we're just getting started. Just as we have done over the years with our performance crate engines, we will continue to refine and improve electric propulsion Connect & Cruise concept systems. Our goal is to provide greater power with greater range, suiting the different needs and priorities of all types of enthusiasts."