Electric Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro only burns rubber

Chevrolet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its legendary COPO Camaro special with an electric drag car that points the way toward a battery-powered future.

The eCOPO Camaro concept has had its V8 engine traded for a twin electric motor pack that generates 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

Chevy says the eCOPO can do the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds, which is lightning quick. Unlike many electric cars that use direct drive, this one is a true swap with the motors installed under the hood and connected to the COPO’s three-speed automatic transmission.

Four battery packs weighing 175 pounds each are mounted near the back of the rear-wheel-drive car to give it better traction off the line and use next-gen 800-volt technology, twice what today’s electric cars use, for quicker charging and discharging.

Although GM is planning to offer 20 electric cars by 2023, it isn't putting the eCOPO on sale, but hints that a crate electric motor kit like it has could be offered in the coming years.

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