You didn’t really think the Corvette was going to be immune to GM’s transition to electric vehicles, did you? Today, that plan becomes official, with GM President Mark Reuss confirming with CNBC that an electric Corvette is on the way. Without eluding to anything further, it’s not immediately clear if the upcoming Corvette EV would be the C9 Corvette, or an expansion of the Corvette brand with a new model, likely an electric SUV or passenger car.
In addition, here’s what Mark Reuss confirmed on social media this morning regarding the Corvette and GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform:
Some time ago we moved the Corvette team into the EV space in Warren, Michigan, and when we revealed the new mid-engine Corvette, I said there would be “more to come.” This morning I sat down with Phil LeBeau of CNBC and finally answered the question I’ve been asked countless times.
Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.
In addition, we also announced today Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system, a patented onboard system that takes the heat generated by EV batteries and uses it to warm the cabin, create more efficient charging conditions, and even increase vehicle acceleration. And it can boost the vehicle’s range by about 10%. It’s a perfect example of how developing a ground-up EV platform like Ultium enables unique features not easily done with a retrofit.
Big news day at GM!
C8 Corvette E-Ray Details, Electric SUV And C9 Speculation
MC&T understands that this upcoming fully electric Corvette is not the same as the the C8 Corvette E-Ray hybrid supercar, which stands to make its debut next year. The E-Ray follows the Z06 as the third C8 Corvette variant in the lineup, behind the original Stingray from 2019 and this year’s Z06. Confirmed by the teaser video, the 2024 C8 Corvette E-Ray will feature the wide-body design of the 670 horsepower Z06, but will cradle the 490 horsepower 6.2L LT2 V8 found in the baseline Stingray. The E-Ray will also feature All-Wheel-Drive, a first for Corvette, a battery pack running through the center of the vehicle, and a pair of electric motors taking up space where the “frunk” was up front. Total output? About 650 horsepower. The E-Ray also stands to be quicker than the Z06 off the line thanks to AWD, but will not feature all of the go-fast hardware that allows the Z06 to slice and dice the road course like the C8.R race car it’s based on.
MC&T first reported all of these details on the C8 Corvette E-Ray in 2021, with today’s teaser video confirming much of our original reporting.
As for the all-electric model in the future, it almost seems like an inevitability that the C9 Corvette will be fully electric and based off a new Ultium body-on-battery architecture. However, there’s also expectation that the Corvette cross-flag logo will soon find itself across a span of multiple vehicles, which analysts believe is a multi-billion-dollar idea. A Corvette SUV has been both rumored and speculated, but with Chevrolet currently teasing both a new Equinox EV and an upcoming Blazer SS EV, it’s possible that some info got crosswired in initial reports.
All that said, there is a fully-electric Corvette EV coming. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.