It is the question that many people ask me frequently, “When will we see an electric Corvette?” Now, we are closer to an answer. Today GM President Mark Reuss told CNBC that an electrified version of the mid-engine or C8 Chevrolet Corvette will arrive as soon as next year, with a fully electric version some time after that. Reuss went into greater detail on his LinkedIn page and Chevrolet released this video of the camouflaged version doing testing in cold, winter weather.
On LinkedIn, Reuss says, “Some time ago we moved the Corvette team into the EV space in Warren, Michigan, and when we revealed the new mid-engine Corvette, I said there would be “more to come.” This morning I sat down with Phil LeBeau of CNBC and finally answered the question I’ve been asked countless times.
Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.”
GM CEO and Chair Mary Barra also tweeted, “Electrified Corvette. That’s it. That’s the tweet.”
Electric Version Has Been In the Planning Stages
It is no secret that an electrified Corvette was on the drawing board. President Joe Biden spoke of it nearly two years ago. Some have speculated that the electric version of the truly American sports car could be called an ERay, playing on the Corvette’s popular Stingray name. Neither Mark Reuss nor Mary Barra discussed a name for the upcoming model or a timeline. Although Mark Reuss responded to a tweet repeating that the electrified version would come next year.
GM Accelerating EV Plans and Production
GM has recently been aggressively accelerating its EV timeline. GM has promised to debut at least 30 EVs by 2025. Mary Barra has set a goal of selling at least 1 million EVs worldwide by then. GM and Honda recently agreed to build millions of affordable EVs together by 2027.
The Chevrolet Corvette has always been a halo vehicle for General Motors and Chevrolet. It stands out for its continued popularity and demand. The mid-engine version has been very popular and Chevrolet will start building the powerful 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 model this summer. Obviously, a hybrid and a BEV version will be in demand as well. We'll look forward to seeing the future details.
Photo is Screenshot of Chevrolet Video
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