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November '20

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86 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2020 perhaps planned for introduction at this year's SEMA Show before the coronavirus stepped in. Using components from the proven Chevy Bolt EV, the propulsion package delivers approximately 450 hp, employing a double-stack of Chevrolet Performance concept electric crate motors (eCrates), two 400V batteries and a conventional Super- Matic 4L75-E automatic transmission. All good enough, Chevy says, for 0-60- mph times of around 5 seconds, and quarter-mile ETs in the high 13s. Interestingly, the E-10 has a sound emu- lator complete with three speakers to simu- late an induction sound in the front and two banks of a V-8 engine out back. The driver can select one of five modes on the emulator, including LS7 Z/28 track tuning, LS7 Z/28 touring tuning, a V-8 engine, a futuristic sound or silent. The sounds auto- matically adjust while shifting through the gears, truly mimicking an internal combus- tion engine. Meanwhile, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, I bumped into my friend Mark Roberts, who is now the chief creative officer at Charge Automotive (charge.cars), a British company taking orders for electric 1967 Mustangs priced at around $375,000. Charge is only projecting to build 499 electric Mustangs that are powered by components from its partner Arrival Ltd., another British start-up tech company. Meanwhile, with a $100 million invest- ment from Hyundai and Kia, Arrival reportedly already has orders for 10,000 electric delivery trucks for UPS in Europe and North America. "Having worked with supercars for more than 30 years now, what attracted me to join Charge Cars was the challenge of taking iconic, classic cars such as the '67 Mustang Fastback and redefining them using cutting- edge technology," Roberts says. "For me, cars should always have a sense of occasion about them and they should always make a strong visual statement." Electric cars, he believes, can still serve as a passionate expression of an owner's personality. "Why should driving an EV car be just about emissions and statistics?" he asks. "Charge wants to deliver a car with zero emissions and supercar performance whilst delivering a vehicle with real personality, heart and soul." BLAZING A TRAIL Electric power for older cars appears to be a blossoming trend, but it's really not that new. Back in 2008, Jonathan Goodwin of SAE Energy built Lincvolt, an electric hybrid 1959 Lincoln Continental for musician Neil Young. Lincvolt received some great PR that had as much to do with Young as with clean driving. Unfortunately, on Nov. The GTe from Electric GT looks like a V-8 and is available as a crate motor. Chevrolet displayed its own electric 1962 C10 pickup concept— the E-10—at last year's SEMA Show. It was presented as a prototype "Connect & Cruise" eCrate engine-to-motor program. Plug-In Classics

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