Chevy eCOPO Camaro hints at 800-volt charging

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept

The eCOPO's pair of BorgWarner motor assemblies and 800-volt battery system replace the Camaro's traditional gasoline engine, generating a combined 600 pound-feet of torque and 700 horsepower. Chevrolet already offers a broad range of gasoline engines that race auto makers and others can use in their builds: now, there's the chance that it could add electric motors to that line-up. Most electric cars on the road now have packs in the 400-volt range.

While development and testing of the electric vehicle is still ongoing, Chevrolet expects its new offspring to be able to run 402 m (quarter mile) in just 9 seconds.

The most unique feature is probably the 800-volt based battery pack which is about twice the overall voltage seen in Chevy Volt, Tesla Cars, or Chevy Bolt EV.

After partnering up with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, Chevy began its work with the standard 2019 COPO Camaro drag vehicle. This means that the powerful electric motor will bolt up to most GM transmissions.

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As for the battery, it comprises four 200-volt modules, two of which are located in the rear seat area and the others in the trunk.

"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space", said Russ O'Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors. To protect batteries features advanced safety cage. For years, Chevy has been one of the preferred suppliers of crate engines for tuners across the USA, so why not envision a market for electric crate motors? "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit". "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes. Chevy is at SEMA 2018 with a Camaro concept vehicle not meant for the street but meant for the drag strip. The car's charging system is designed for fast recharging, which is important given the limited time between drag strip runs in a competitive race.

According to the authors of the project, electric eCOPO Camaro needs to demonstrate the feasibility of extension of the line "box" of the engine of Chevrolet due to the emergence of electric propulsion for racing or road cars.

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