General Motors’ electrification program is gearing up fast, and, appropriately enough, the automaker now plans to electrify the Chevrolet Corvette.
However, it will be a two-step process with a hybrid version of the sports car due in 2023, with an all-electric ‘Vette set to follow.
“We will have an electrified Corvette next year,” GM President Mark Reuss said during an appearance on CNBC. “It’s coming very quickly.” And for those who missed his interview, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra summed things up succinctly. “Electrified Corvette. That’s it. That’s the tweet.”
In addition to the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other future gas-powered variants, Chevrolet will soon offer two new Corvette variants, an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette. More details and market availability will be revealed later, but the electrified Corvette is expected in the US as early as 2023.
While details are yet to be announced, performance fans already know that these vehicles will be extraordinary. Every new Corvette has been better than before, and these vehicles will be no exception. The Corvette engineering team, based in the EV space in Warren, Michigan, will continue to focus on all the things that have been made and will continue to make Corvette revolutionary.
In addition, GM also announced Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system. This patented onboard system takes the heat generated by EV batteries to warm the cabin, create more efficient charging conditions, and even increase vehicle acceleration. And it can boost the vehicle’s range by about 10%.
It’s a perfect example of how developing a ground-up EV platform like Ultium enables unique features not quickly done with a retrofit.
The exact nature of the hybrid is unclear. GM engineers have been working on both a conventional system and a plug-in. According to some industry watchers, the final package could serve as the next-generation ZR1, the ultimate version of each new Corvette generation. Others believe it will slide in somewhere between the current Stingray and 2023 Z06 Corvette models, the latter delivering 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
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