Corvette EV Officially In The Works  

Chevrolet's iconic sports car is slated to go through a dramatic modernization as the manufacturer has indicated that the Corvette will soon include a fully electrified version. The Corvette EV is expected to debut in 2024, according to an announcement made by General Motors in late April.

The move is part of General Motor's goal to have a fully electric lineup by 2035. A hybrid version should be in dealer showrooms by the end of 2023. The announcement of the Corvette's electrification bears out what many auto industry analysts have suspected since the GM introduced the current-generation C8 Corvette in 2020. The mid-engine layout available since that year should make it easier for engineers to develop a hybrid version.

Experts expect the Corvette debuting in late 2023 for the 2024 model year will be a standard or a plug-in hybrid, with electric engines added to the Corvette's current V8 gas powerplant. A hybrid, and ultimately a fully electrified Corvette, still has the capacity to deliver tremendous power. Industry experts say that the hybrid system was initially planned as a power adder for the 5.5-liter V-8 engine, with the electric motors delivering over to the front wheels and the gas delivering power to the rear in an all-wheel drive format. Such a configuration would have the ability to approach a total output of nearly 1,000 hp for unparalleled acceleration.

The fully electric Corvette will most likely sport the E-Ray. It will use GM's Ultium batteries and incorporate an energy recovery system that harvests heat from the battery pack, to warm the cabin, create more efficient charging conditions, and even increase acceleration. It may even boost the charge range by 10%. Industry experts believe that converting the Corvette to a fully electric vehicle will take a considerable redesign of the car behind the seats, requiring a place to house the massive batteries that will power the vehicle. Early estimates indicate that the fully electric Corvette will appear in late 2024 as a 2025 model at the earliest.