Despite customer concerns, General Motors has committed to releasing 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025. And while the bulk of them will be SUVs of all shapes and sizes, as well as a family of pickup trucks of varying capabilities, we’re sure that performance cars are in the mix, too. Eluding to this was a recent survey that General Motors sent to C8 Corvette customers about an “electric sport vehicle.” And it could be for the C9 Corvette. To put it another way: for an electric Corvette.
C9 Corvette: Going Electric?
A recent thread on the MidEngineCorvetteForum reveals that GM is trying to understand what Corvette owners may be interested in for future vehicles. Among the list of questions on the survey, downloadable subscription services seem to be on the table, and could include a racetrack checklist, a potential stealth mode, and battery performance optimization for track days. Subscription-based features for vehicles appear to be a popular option among car manufacturers as of late, bringing frequent updates to a vehicle’s software, which also prompts mixed feelings from customers.
Among the questions that GM asked participants, one stuck out from the others asking if they would like a silent start option for an electric vehicle, which is odd considering that electric vehicles already make little to no noise when running. Suppose that means canceling out any synthesized start-up sound effects?
C8 Corvette: Years To Go
A fully electric C9 Corvette is not expected in the near future at all from GM, and is not to be confused with the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, which is expected to be a performance-oriented hybrid featuring batteries and motors powering the front wheels, and an LT2 V8 handling things in the back. It’s expected in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle, with IVER-stage prototypes already being spotted on public roads.
MC&T reported exclusive details on the C8 Corvette E-Ray hybrid back in August. This included details on how the hybrid system will work, what tires it will be using, and if it will out run a Z06.
With GM reassigning all of the Corvette team’s leadership to the company’s EV development program, this survey may be hinting at a future Ultium Battery-powered sports car. And while it seems a little silly to think about the C9 Corvette when there’s so much life left in the C8 generation (Z06, anyone?), it’s impossible to ignore the very possible notion that today’s generation of Corvette could be the last one with a combustion engine.
Maybe this is all happening because President Biden said he’d drive an electric Corvette if GM made one.