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The Corvette EV Is Expected To Begin Production In 2026

C8 Corvette Production at Bowling Green Assembly has been delayed by GM once again.
Image Via GM.

In late July, we exclusively reported details on what the world can expected from the first Corvette EV. While industry analysts have also picked up on the trail, there doesn’t seem to be much agreement as to what shape the (first) Corvette EV will take, let alone which Corvette EV variant will be next. However, a recent report from AutoForecast Solutions does corroborate with our initial report regarding when the world can expect the first electron-powered Corvette, and just where it’s set to be built.

The short segment from an Autoline Daily video (just below) cites the analyst report, and states that the Corvette EV is expected to go into production at the beginning of Q2 of 2026 – signaling a one year delay from the original 2025 targets that were reported earlier.

Corroborating with our exclusive details, the story goes on to say that the electric Corvette 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, which could also end up building electric Buick and Cadillac products. But whereas the AFS intel pins this Corvette EV to be an SUV, our intel points to a Porsche Taycan-fighting electric sedan. The SUV will follow closer to the end of the decade, while the mid-engined C8 Corvette family will continue to see expansion into supercar and hypercar performance territory with the previously reported ZR1 and Zora models.

Corvette EV Sedan and SUV: Details

For the Corvette EV sedan, GM has a low-roof battery electric vehicle architecture in the Cadillac Celestiq flagship sedan that’s in the works making the 2025 timeline plausible. Though, it certainly won’t be as big. The Celestiq is longer than that of even the Escalade, after all. All this means is that the Corvette sedan won’t have as many battery packs oriented beneath the floorpan, and a shorter wheelbase is expected to make it more proportionate to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, its primary targets.

The Corvette SUV will take its time making its way to market, especially as Chevrolet has begun to promote the go-fast Chevrolet Blazer SS EV, which has more power and torque (and size) than the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT SUV. However, the electric Corvette SUV is expected to compete at a higher price point than the Blazer EV, again with Porsche, as the brands take their racing rivalry off the track, and into uncharted territory.

To get a good read as to what GM could have in store for the upcoming Corvette SUV, we’ll look at what the competition is doing. Porsche, having gone public, has recently disclosed its intent to build an electric SUV that utilizes a 900-volt electrical system that was first seen on the Porsche Mission R electric racecar concept. Its high-speed charging abilities can bring the battery up from 5 to 80 percent in 15 minutes with the proper voltage current. The Porsche Mission R Concept also features a 429-hp motor powering the front axle and a 644-hp motor delivering power to the rear, utilizing power from an 80 kWh battery. So, if you’re a EV fan, there are exciting times ahead.

Electric Corvette SUV GM Concept Vehicles General Motors CES
Screenshot Via GM.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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