All-electric Chevy Camaro previews the future of the electric crate motor

All-electric Chevy Camaro previews the future of the electric crate motor

The engine package is designed for the 2019 COPO Camaro's available 427 V-8 engine. It also previews the special color and graphics of the COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition offered for 2019. In fact, the transmission, driveshaft and other drivetrain components remain in the same locations as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro race auto, meaning the electric motor simply bolts into the engine compartment in place of the gas engine. The eCOPO Camaro is one of more than a dozen concept and specialty vehicles that will be on display at the SEMA Show through November 2. NHRA has been discussing and exploring how electric cars are evolving to determine how they will shape the future of drag racing.

After partnering up with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, Chevy began its work with the standard 2019 COPO Camaro drag vehicle. With the racing team's assistance, more than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of the electrified drag vehicle.

The solution was originally devised by Illinois-based dealer Fred Gibb using Chevy's in-house special order system, known as Central Office Production Order (COPO), hence the COPO name.

Featuring a special Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color that pays homage to the original Laguna Blue offered in 1969, the SEMA show auto previews the special color and graphics of the COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package offered for 2019.

The result is a quarter-mile time in the range of 9 seconds, Chevy estimates, though it's still doing testing on the auto. Two are where the rear seat would be, while the second pair sits in the trunk.

The big news for electric auto fans though is that the concept uses GM's first application of an 800-volt electrical system, which should allow charging in as little as 10 to 15 minutes, though the company did not reveal the capacity of the battery pack. Comprised of four individual modules, the eCOPO uses twice the voltage as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, enabling it to potentially charge just as fast as Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric sedan.

In place of the conventional engine, the eCOPO Camaro uses two electric motors.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers". Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod.



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