Corvette EV officially confirmed, hybrid coming in 2023

  • GM has confirmed that there will soon be an electric version of the Corvette.
  • A hybrid powertrain will be added next year, and the battery-powered model will follow.
  • The EV model will use GM’s Ultium battery platform, and it could be called E-Ray.

    What could be more radical, a mid-engined Corvette or an electric Corvette? We’re about to find out, as GM President Mark Reuss confirmed today. on CNBC that a Corvette EV is near and it’s coming shortly after Chevy launches a hybrid model in 2023.

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    The electric Corvette will use GM’s Ultium battery platform, and we’ve speculated in the past that Chevy’s trademark of the “E-Ray” name could be used for some sort of electrified Corvette model. We’re assuming the prototype in this video is the hybrid model, as there’s a clear soundtrack of a V-8 gasoline engine playing in the background, but Chevy should release some teasers of the EV model in due course. The camouflaged prototype appears to have the exact same bodywork as the gas-powered Corvette – the main visual difference we can spot is the yellow color of the brake calipers.

    When the electric Corvette arrives, it will have to offer impressive performance to rival its internal combustion siblings. The Corvette Z06, for its part, is equipped with a 5.5-liter flat-crank V8 developing 670 horsepower, while the hybrid model would offer around 1000 horsepower from a twin-turbo version of this engine combined with a electric motor powering the front wheels. In the video, we can see that the front wheels begin to spin before the rears, confirming this all-wheel-drive setup; we think the electric version will also offer all-wheel drive.

    We look forward to hearing more about hybrid and electric models over the coming months as Chevy prepares to offer a wider Corvette lineup than ever before.

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