While hydrogen combustion technology continues development, and gasoline engines don’t appear to be going away anytime soon, automakers are nevertheless betting billions on electric vehicles through the end of the decade. Largely, it’s because regulators are forcing them to, despite none of these politicians fully understanding what that entirely means. And perhaps the most committed to this decision is General Motors, as the company seeks to offer a vast lineup of electric vehicles, from Cadillac, to Chevrolet, to Hummer. More to the point, there will even be electric Corvettes. Yes, multiple Corvette EV products are on the way, and today, there are more details to share on just what to expect.
New Corvette EV Details
An unnamed source eluded to Car & Driver that the first Corvette EV design proposals are described as “copies of nothing” with “emotional purity.” This implies that the first Corvette EV products to come will not be copies of other GM vehicles with cross-flag logos stuck onto them, but will feature a unique design language that shouts “Corvette.”
We’ll take this moment to note that MC&T exclusively reported back in July of 2022 that General Motors is developing more than one electric vehicle with a Corvette badge. The first to market will be a sedan, while the second will be the oft-rumored SUV. All told, the idea of a Corvette brand has an estimated value of $12 billion USD as it could be a tit-for-tat American rival to Germany’s Porsche.
As for the finer details of an electric Corvette, here’s where Car & Driver sheds light on the matter. To start, the vehicles will feature battery packs with (breathes) high energy density, superfast software, staggered Lego-like topographic packaging, a patented cooling concept, miniaturized componentry, high-revving electric motors, ultra-efficient inverters, an 800-volt electrical system that provides up to 350 kW of charging power, brake-by-wire, a two-speed transmission, multi-mode four-wheel steering, and torque vectoring. All of this accumulates into what could be an enjoyable vehicle to drive, even if it’s an SUV.
The first Corvette EV – the sedan – is expected to go into production at the beginning of Q2 of 2026, a one-year delay from the original 2025 targets that were previously reported. This will be followed by an all-electric Corvette SUV. The electric Corvette sedan – the name of which is not yet known – is targeting the Porsche Taycan as a benchmark, according to sources. General Motors engineers have also been spotted testing the Porsche Taycan, adding further credence to our initial reports. Additionally, the electric Corvette sedan won’t be built at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant where the C8 family is built. Instead, it’ll be built at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant. It’s possible that the Corvette SUV could be built there, too.
C8 Corvette Family Expansion
All of this Corvette EV talk is separate from the mid-engined C8 Corvette family. That said, the C8 will still dabble with electrification in the name of performance. The first example of that will be the all-wheel-drive Corvette E-Ray hybrid. This machine will blend the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine of the Stingray, powering the rear wheels, with a pair of electric motors that will power the front wheels. Thanks to the added grip of all-wheel-drive, it could be the quickest Corvette yet, faster from 0-60 than even what we’re seeing with the 670 horsepower Corvette Z06.
Eventually, towards the end of the C8 Corvette lifecycle, the world will bear witness to a genuine hypercar from General Motors. This is understood to be the Corvette Zora. This C8 finale will feature the hybrid AWD setup similar to the E-Ray, but with a far more powerful engine. Instead of the baseline LT2, GM is cooking up what’s internally known as the LT7. This twin-turbo DOHC V8 is a force-fed variant of the record-breaking LT6 found in 2023 Corvette Z06, and is expected to push out over 800 horsepower on its own. Adding the extra power from the electric motors up front, and the Zora is expected to achieve power figures of 1,000 hp or more.