SEMA 2019

Chevrolet's E-10 Concept showcases electrified hot rodding

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

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

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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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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