As automakers around the world begin to embrace the idea of an electrified future, the industry finds itself at an interesting crossroads. While legislation and government pressures have helped to spur these rapid turnabouts, customers in the United States remain skeptical of large-scale EV adoption. Even so, America’s largest automaker in General Motors has committed to releasing 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025. At CES 2021 we got to see a couple of these future concept vehicles, including what appeared to be an electric Corvette SUV. And while this drew some ire from fans, these new ideation sketches of what GM Design is calling the Chevrolet E-Vette may change their tune.
These new design sketches have been uploaded by the GM Design Instagram page, and feature two different takes on an electric Chevrolet sports car. The first sketch appears to represent a “front-engined” design, with the passenger compartment slung behind a long, muscular nose. Like with many of our favorite automotive designs, the sketch is somewhat evocative of the male reproductive organ. Higher praise than one might initially think, this is a design we think could really get fans charged up for an electric Corvette. Pun fully intended.
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The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is expected to arrive not as a full electric Corvette, but rather as a performance-oriented hybrid. Not unlike the Holy Trinity of hypercars from a few years back, the Corvette E-Ray will utilize an electric battery back and motor combo to assist the 6.2L LT2 V8 tear around a track. That said, the idea of a fully-electric Corvette coming later down the line isn’t out of the question. This is especially true when you consider that GM recently reassigned all of the Corvette team’s leadership to the company’s EV development program. Perhaps then this design gives us a hint as to what a future Ultium Battery pack powered sports car will look like. That said, we aren’t so sure about the Chevrolet E-Vette name. If you’re going to call an SUV a Corvette, you may as well give another sports car the name too.