The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray made its public debut earlier this year. It has since garnered an enormous amount of interest from potential customers, so much so that some went as far as pitching a tent and camping outside of a local Chevrolet dealer for the chance to own one sooner than later. As far as automotive history goes, “camp E-Ray” may be a first. The order books for the brand new Corvette opened on Feb.1 with production of the first of its kind hybrid Corvette slated for the end of this year.
According to a local news station (WMUR) who spoke with Nashua, New Hampshire MacMulkin Chevrolet Sales manager, Tony Dillberg, he has “never seen customers wait outside overnight (for) any vehicle.” The E-Ray isn’t just any vehicle though, it’s one of a kind. In the history of the Corvette brand, there has never been a hybrid variation until now. There wasn’t one person camped out either, it was a crowd, one of whom came from as far as Staten Island (245 miles away). Some anxious Corvette fans even came geared with space heaters to beat the freezing temperatures which dipped just below 20-degrees around midnight according to timeanddate.com. Nobody documented people who sat in freezing temperatures and camped out for the 2023 Z06, so what gives?
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The E-Ray rivals the 2023 Corvette Z06 in terms of both power and price. The combination of a front mounted electric motor and LT2 V8 gas powered engine produce a healthy 655 horsepower. The E-Ray sports all-wheel drive, another first for the Corvette brand, and can move 0-60 in less than 30-seconds. On top of all of this, it’s cheaper than the Z06 by thousands of dollars. The E-Ray’s starting price sits at $104,295 including destination fees. The 2023 Z06 on the other hand starts at $106,695 and $114,195 for the coupe and convertible respectively.