Chevrolet had some impressive concepts on previous SEMA Shows, which included a single copy of the COPO Camaro John Force Edition, a Silverado HD Carhartt, and the vehicle you’ll see in the gallery below. It’s called the E-10 Concept, and as you’ve probably already guessed, it pays tribute to the C10 truck from the early 1960s.
The study is based on the 1962 C-10 pickup truck and blends vintage with modern technology. Visually, it retains the overall shape and proportions of the original model but an illuminated Chevy logo, LED lights at the rear and front, and a lowered suspension with 20-inch and 22-inch wheels (front and rear) give it a complete different stance.
A similar update was carried over to the cabin, where a fully digital display replaced the original truck’s traditional instrument cluster. The rest of the interior retains the classic layout with the only major upgrade being a new set of leather-trimmed seating.
More significant changes occurred under the hood. It replaced with the original 4.6-liter V8, and is Chevy’s typical Connect & Cruise electric box-wheel drive package that delivers “about 450 horsepower.” Using “proven components from the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” the system features a double-stack electric crate motor, two 400-volt Bolt source batteries, and a conventional automatic transmission.
“GM has the in-house talent required to create a concept like the E-10,” Jim Campbell, Chevy’s vice president of performance and motorsports, commented. “With the creative thinking and experience brought by the Performance team, the Electric team, and many others at GM, this project has gone from concept to vehicle in operation in 18 weeks to show what the future of the eCrate propulsion system and hot rodents could look like.”
Power from the electric drive system is channeled exclusively to the rear wheels and delivers 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in about five seconds. Estimated quarter-mile time is in the 13-second range.