ECOPO Camaro electrifies SEMA

Nichole VegaNov 02, 2018

Thus, it's likely in the very near future anybody wanting to retrofit their GM built auto with an electric engine may have a direct replacement to purchase. Still, showing an electric vehicle with that badge, even as a concept, is likely to get mixed reactions from hardcore fans."That's me", says Russ O'Blenes, director of performance variants, parts, and motorsports at GM and proud owner of a barn full of big-block Chevys.

Chevrolet can't let Teslas win all the electric drag races.

Engineers estimate that the eCOPO will travel the drag strip somewhere in the 9-second range, giving an even more generous prediction than initially expected, perhaps giving some competition to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. "It also represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there".

The 2019 COPO Camaro is available with three different engines. The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine. The eCOPO is a Camaro hammering out 700 horsepower totally from electric.

Chevy gives the motor the power and operating longevity it needs with a fast-charging 800-volt battery pack strategically split into four 175-lb (79-kg) 200-volt modules. Porsche will use an 800-volt system in its upcoming Taycan EV, too. And what they learn could make better batteries for road cars one day too.And down the line, the electric Camaro's drivetrain could become what O'Blenes calls "one of our biggest tools in the performance parts area"-a crate motor". For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. To protect batteries features advanced safety cage. 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.

In other words, the 700-hp motor might just be a first look at the electric Chevy crate motor of the future. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. The power the electric motor generates goes through a conventional race-prepped turbo 400 automatic transmission that sends torque to a solid rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro racing cars.

Chevrolet celebrates the 50th anniversary of the COPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show, with the 2019 COPO Camaro race auto, a vintage 1969 COPO Camaro and the electrified eCOPO Concept. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

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