SEMA 2019

Chevrolet's E-10 Concept showcases electrified hot rodding

The E-10 Concept reimagines hot rodding as an electric pursuit.

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Drop it low, just don't plan on dropping it into 4 Low. Chevrolet has reimagined the future of hot rodding with an electrified concept truck. It took just 18 weeks to build, from the initial concept conception to the truck's arrival at SEMA.

The vehicle started its life as a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck. It is now powered by Chevrolet's Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package. This package the truck 450 horsepower using the same proven powertrain components that are in the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chevy says that the truck has a zero to 60 mph time of around 5 seconds and that it can do a quarter mile in around 13 seconds.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck Under the hood are the same components that propel a Chevrolet Bolt EV.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

"The Chevrolet E-10 electrified Connect & Cruise concept system reimagines the performance crate engine for hot rodders," said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance and Motorsports. "As General Motors continues to work toward our vision of a zero-emissions world, concepts such as this help us get there, while still supporting the enthusiasts who love to drive vintage vehicles."

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck A three-motor system resides under the truck's hood.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Under the hood are a double stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrate) and an automatic transmission that transfers torque to the truck's rear axle. The high-efficiency motors are built into modular housing that allows the three motors to be stacked and linked together.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck The truck gets its power from dual battery packs.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Two 400-volt batteries with 60 kWh of energy each rest in the bed of the truck under a hard tonneau cover. The two battery packs can be simultaneously charged and give the truck double the power that is in the Bolt EV.

"General Motors has the in-house talent required to create a concept like the E-10," said Campbell. "With the innovative thinking and expertise our performance team, electrification team and many others at GM bring, this project went from concept to running vehicle in 18 weeks to demonstrate what the future of an eCrate propulsion system and hot rodding could look like."

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck Chevrolet has covered the truck's batteries with a hard tonneau cover.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The truck's EV power means that it's lacking one central tenant of hot rodding- a grumbling exhaust. The E-10 does its best to make up for that, with three speakers that simulate the sound of a V8 (one on the front and two in the back). The system comes with five modes that a driver can choose: LS7 Z28 track tuning, LS7 Z28 touring turning, a V8 engine, a futuristic sound, or silent. The noise changes depending on the power output, mimicking the changing of gears of a powertrain that includes an internal combustion engine.

Chevrolet 2019 E-10 Concept electric hot rod truck The truck still retains much of its vintage flair.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The exterior and interior of the truck combines vintage looks with modern technology. It has the classic body of a C-10 but also has an illuminated Bowtie emblem on the grille and LED headlights and taillights. The instrument panel has been updated with digital displays to showcase the electric propulsion system and the restored cabin's seating has been trimmed in leather.

The truck has been lowered to ride on 20 x 9-inch front and 22 x 10-inch rear wheels.

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The front of the concept is very EV in its design.

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The Honda SUV e:concept debuted in China this week signaling what's ahead for a future mass-production model of the Honda brand's first electric vehicle to be introduced in China. While what's sold in China doesn't always make it to American shores, there are a few things to be learned by taking a closer look at the concept.

We know that the vehicle's powertrain is electric. How many motors? What type of battery? How much power? In a nutshell, we have no idea. However, that could be where Honda's relationship with General Motors kicks in. A recent agreement to share platforms and co-build future vehicles builds on the electric vehicle platform sharing agreement the two automakers signed in April. In the first agreement agreement, Honda agreed to work with GM to develop two new electric vehicles based on GM's global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.

Honda SUV e:concept The sloping roofline of the concept is indicative of another Honda model.Photo courtesy of Honda

The concept's sweeping looks are more crossover than SUV. While there's plenty of doubt that the model will be a two-door vehicle when it arrives in showrooms, its overall aesthetic is new for Honda, though it has hints of the current-generation CR-V and Accord in its nose.

The roofline of the SUV and side profile look a lot like the 2020 Honda Avancier, a true crossover that got its start as a station wagon and now sits as the company's flagship in China. If indeed this model is an electric Avancier, it means that the U.S. market is unlikely to see it.

From a business perspective, this makes sense. Electric vehicles are not nearly as popular in the U.S. as they are in China and Europe, where they have been regulated into residents' lifestyles. Additionally, the U.S. electric vehicle charging infrastructure leaves much to be desired.

2020 Honda Avancier

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Cars built for the Chinese market also do not have to meet the same strict safety testing standards as American vehicles so they can be made for less and sold for less. Upping to U.S. standards costs more and, when shipping and taxes are added in, the model may be priced out of sensibility for American Honda customers.

Wherever it's destined to go, the Honda will be a mass-production electric vehicle.

The company is committed to equipping the car with a number of safety technologies including omnidirectional advanced driver assistance systems, the next-generation Honda SENSING safety and driver-assistive system with improved recognition, predication and decision-making performance, as well as the next-generation Honda Connect, which features an AI assistant interface, smartphone link, and wireless updates.

Honda SUV e:concept The model features a unique black end with slim lights.Photo courtesy of Honda

Expect to see the next steps in the evolution of this concept in the coming year, even if it's just in spy photos.

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The new RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car showcases the future of the Hyundai brand.

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Hyundai debuted the RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car this week, showcasing what isn't the beginning but what is very much the future of what the Hyundai brand will offer. The electric-based high-performance race car, like those designed by other manufacturers is a proving ground for technologies that may be employed in Hyundai passenger vehicles in the future.

Hyundai has been quite open about this calling the platform the RM20e is based on, the RM development platform, will be used for future N brand products that are inspired by the car. This follows as part of the progressive evolution of the car with previous iterations bearing the names RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.

RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

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Hyundai's first electric race car was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series in 2019 - the Veloster N eTCR.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21st century, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments," said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics."

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive RM20e features a powertrain that achieves 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque thanks to its electric motor. It can get from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds and to 124 mph from a standstill in 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai says that the RM20e combines "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability".

The propulsion system driving the car, as well as the equipment that helps it achieve the "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip" are part of Hyundai's larger plant to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hyundai isn't working alone. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili to co-develop battery and fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of the Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, and new Ioniq brand, has committed to addinng 44 "eco-friendly" models by 2025.

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