Take a Closer Look at Chevrolet’s eCOPO Electric Camaro Concept


With many automakers focusing on the rapidly approaching future of electric vehicles, Chevrolet has introduced the eCOPO Camaro Concept car to show off the possibilities of all-electric drag racing. Revealed at the 2018 SEMA Show in a stunning Electric Blue color, this hyper-fast concept sports vehicle is based on the original COPO Camaro special order models that were originally introduced in 1969, almost 50 years ago. The abbreviation COPO actually stands for Central Office Production Order, which was Chevrolet’s special-order system that was used by dealers to construct high-performance models during the Sixties. Partnering up with Hancock and Lane Racing--an electric drag racing team spearheading the sector--Chevrolet’s eCOPO Camaro Concept is a fully-electric sports car that generates more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet estimates this ferocious concept car can travel a quarter-mile in around 9 seconds, although testing is still ongoing. Director of Performance Variants, Parts, and Motorsports at General Motors Russ O’Blenes explains, “The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space. The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”

Revolutionary in all the right ways, the eCOPO Camaro comes with General Motor’s first-ever 800-volt battery pack that enables a more efficient transfer of power and encourages overall faster recharging. Of this new and massive battery, O’Blenes continues, “Eight hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory. As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip.” Speaking of the drag strip, a pair of electric motors completely replace the traditional gas engine in the Camaro and generate 300 lb-ft of torque each for an impressive total of 600 lb-ft. “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,” says O’Blenes. “We’re not there yet, but it’s something we’re exploring.”


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