The latter is based on a 1962 C-10 and has been fitted with the electric powertrain from the Bolt. Thus, it packs a double stack of electric crate motors, as well as two 400-volt batteries and a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission that transfers the torque to the rear wheels.
Mounted in the bed, under the hard tonneau cover, are the two 60 kWh batteries. The truck has an estimated 450 HP, which lets it accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 5 seconds, with a quarter-mile time in the high 13-second range. The bowtie brand has also fitted a sound emulator with three speakers that simulate an induction sound, mimicking the LS7 Z28 track and touring, a regular V8 and a futuristic sound, in addition to the complete silence provided by the zero-emission powertrain.
“We designed this system to deliver both power and range. 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”, said Chevy’s director of Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports, Russ O’Blenes.
“Our goal is to provide greater power with greater range, suiting the different needs and priorities of all types of enthusiasts. In this case, we will use higher current and voltage-capable inverters, batteries and related components rather than carburetors and cylinder heads.”
The truck’s classic silhouette carries over, albeit with a few changes. It features LED headlights and taillights, illuminated logo in the grille, lowered stance and 9×20-inch front and 10×22-inch rear wheels. Finally, Chevrolet has restored the interior, equipping it with leather-trimmed seats and digital displays for the electric propulsion system that replace the original instrument panel.