General Motors‘ corporate messaging of “an all electric future” continues to influence what Chevrolet debuts during the 2019 SEMA Show – a safe harbor for all things high octane, high performance, high ground clearance, high speed, and occasionally, low taste. For the most part, the brand continues to cater to this audience with exceptional builds year in and year out, such as the original Chevrolet Colorado AEV Concept from 2017 that turned out to be the ZR2 Bison, or a Chevrolet Camaro with crazy luminescent paint from 2016. But when it comes to electrification, the brand continues to test the waters. We first saw this with the eCOPO Camaro Concept from last year’s SEMA show, which was a one-off electric drag racer. For this year, combustion-loving enthusiasts will have to decide how they feel about the Chevrolet E-10 concept electric pickup truck.
For now, Chevrolet is officially stating that the eCrate propulsion system behind the Chevrolet E-10 is a “concept” Connect & Cruise package, and not meant for production. However, the numbers certainly are adequate for any production truck or SUV this system may find itself in. Peak output is 450 horsepower, while estimated range is 250 miles.
That output is above any gasoline engine currently offered in any Chevrolet truck or SUV, while 250 miles nearly matches that of the miserly 2020 Bolt EV electric hatchback. In fact, this concept system actually utilizes two Bolt EV battery packs bumped up to 400 volts, and is then mated to a 4L75-E SuperMatic transmission. 0-60 is in the five second range, with quarter mile times in the 13 second range.
This Connect & Cruise electric powertrain teased in the Chevrolet E-10 pickup could very well remain in the concept phase for now. Because any battery system that can produce 450 horsepower and offer an exceptional 250 miles of range can only mean thing: it would command a very expensive price tag.