After years of rumors and speculation, today General Motors finally confirmed an “electrified” Chevy Corvette will arrive next year. This is great news for the automotive world, but that’s not all the company had to say.
It looks like the Corvette will finally get an “E-Ray” variant as soon as 2023, but it will only be a hybrid model. We’re not sure if it’s a regular hybrid or a plug-in hybrid with a battery and everything. Judging by the teaser video released on twitterwe’ll get an updated version of the current Corvette Z06, a hybrid that still delivers those popular V8 loud noises, probably offering more than 1,000 combined HP.
Going forward, however, the next release will be an all-electric Corvette. Chevy confirmed that the Corvette will be “electrified” starting next year, with an all-electric version to follow. Unfortunately, this means we still have to wait a while before an all-electric Corvette hits the streets.
This is just the latest of many moves by GM to transition many of its popular vehicles to electric vehicles. The company has the Silverado EV on the way, a Blazer SUV, an affordable $30,000 Equinox EV, and many more in the pipeline.
GM also confirmed the energy recovery system for its new Ultium platform during the announcement. EV technology will use heat from EV batteries to warm car interiors, help with charging temperatures and speeds, and make various other changes to increase driving range. GM claims the energy recovery system could offer more than a 10% increase in range and payload.
Honestly, while it’s exciting that Chevy is finally making moves to go electric with the Corvette, we’re a little sad to see that the first model will be a hybrid. In a world increasingly dominated by electric vehicles, it’s best to get this car on the road sooner rather than later.