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GM CEO Mary Barra Said He Would Get To Drive It

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Corvette enthusiast and current President Joe Biden recently outlined a non-binding target of 50% of new-vehicle sales to be plug-in hybrid, battery-electric or hydrogen-electric by 2030. Ambitious, to be sure, but considering how many billions of dollars (and billions more) automakers like General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis have earmarked for electric vehicle development and production, Biden’s targets seem to be in synchronization with the future plans of America’s biggest car companies, as they are also bending to the will of other large governing entities overseeing major markets, such as the EU and China.

“I’ve got a commitment from (GM CEO Mary Barra), when they make the first electric Corvette, I get to drive it,” Biden said while flanked by a Jeep Wrangler and GMC Hummer EV prototype in a video below, tweeted by The Hill. “You think I’m kidding, I’m not kidding.”

As far as we know, the lifecycle of the C8 Corvette won’t introduce a full-on electric variant in production form. So President Biden will have to wait a while before there’s anything of the sort. Perhaps GM will introduce an electric Corvette with the C9 generation, likely debuting closer to 2030.

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No Electric Corvette In Sight

The C8 Corvette is, however, expected to sell a pair of hybrid variants. The first one will be the Corvette E-Ray, which is set to be similar to the Acura NSX in that it will have a rearward engine, working in tandem with a battery pack and a set of motors to send power to all four wheels. Ironically, the NSX is on its way out (due to poor sales), and it’s likely that the ideal magazine cover story comparison test between the NSX and E-Ray will never happen (heaven forbid a magazine go out of its way to test a car no longer on sale).

The second C8 Corvette hybrid is expected to be call the Zora, and will boast hypercar levels of specifications. We’re talking output numbers of around 1,000 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and absurd lap times. We’re thinking it as GM’s answer to the Porsche 918, for roughly a tenth of the price. In other words, the C8 Corvette Zora is expected to be an unprecedented democratization of performance. But it’s going to take more than just Joe Biden’s seal of approval for the hypercar to sell, when the time comes.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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