In a monumental move, General Motors is moving to transfer their team of Corvette engineers to the company’s growing Autonomous and Electric Vehicles programs effective September 1. This is a massive shakeup that could completely reshape the future of America’s Sports car, and the automaker as a whole as the age of electrification dawns. We may be on the verge of the first electric Corvette.
The team at InsideEVs were the first to report on this internal shift within GM, highlighting how the company is following through on their EV Day commitments from back in March. The report notes that Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter will remain in his post, while Ed Piatek will assume a new role as Chief Engineer of “Future Product.” Josh Holder will replace Piatek as the Chief Engineer for Global Corvette.
According to a report from CorvetteForum, there are some mixed feelings going on within General Motors about this move. And that can only be expected. But it goes on to say that some sources were saying that the Corvette team was not happy about the move, while others stated that the team was excited to be working on new vehicles. However, GM did confirm to the outlet that the team will be finishing all of their current projects with the C8 generation. This should mean that there is no reason to worry about models like the upcoming Z06, ZR1, or even the Zora. Our own sources further galvanize this data.
What this is all really about is what happens after the C8 Corvette program has run its course. As emission restrictions grow tighter across the globe, the steady march of electrification has picked up in recent months. General Motors themselves have announced their plans for a number of new electric vehicles, including the GMC Hummer EV and the battery-powered Silverado. Perhaps this move all but solidifies that the C9 Corvette will arrive as the first fully electric Corvette from the automaker. What that means for the future of the V8-powered Corvette is something we’d rather not think about right now.
While we still have many years left of the current generation C8 Corvette, it is possible that it will be the last one powered by gasoline. It does seem fitting that GM would hold off on giving us a mid-engined car until right before they axe the engine anyways. We’re bound to learn more as we move forwards with the C8, but the C9 could usher in the age of the electric Corvette.
As a sliver of hope for all enthusiasts of Automotive Americana, this could all reverse course if the market simply does not take kindly to this All Electric Future™. But it’s just too early to tell right now.