Chevrolet Corvette to Go Hybrid and Eventually Electric
America’s sports car continues its evolution into a true super car, becoming a Tesla Roadster rival
The Corvette, one of the most iconic symbols of sports car Americana, is going electric—part of a continuing trend of legacy automakers electrifying their existing fleets and converting coveted brands.
GM President Mark Reuss said Monday morning that an "electrified" version (which typically means hybrid) would be out next year and that an all-electric, or "fully electric," version would follow. Reuss did not specify whether a hybrid version would be a plug-in, or say how long it would take for the fully electric plug-in EV version to follow. Reuss indicated that the gas-only Corvette would remain in production.
The 2023 Corvette Z06, with its new V8 engine, produces 670 hp, and it features widened bodywork housing massive tires to put that power to the ground. An electrified Corvette could produce much more power, and AWD will be key in putting it to work.
The pure electric Corvette may be based on a new platform, allowing for an Ultium battery pack to be positioned low, under the floor. Such a car would face off against the long-hyped Tesla Roadster.
General Motors—which comprises the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands—has a long history with EVs that began in the late 1990s with the EV1. Then came the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt and now the Bolt EUV.
GM has said it aims to have 20 EVs available in the U.S. by 2025 as it moves to an all-electric model lineup by 2035. The GMC Hummer EV will be followed by the Cadillac Lyriq SUV and Celestiq sedan; Chevrolet Blazer EV, Equinox EV, Silverado EV; and GMC Sierra EV. In addition, the Chevrolet Corvette will be offered as a hybrid in 2023, with an all-electric version to follow. Beyond the power boost from electricity, the Corvette will be all-wheel-drive for the first time.
Key to its rapid shift to EVs is its partnership with Honda. The two automakers will share technology (including GM’s Ultium batteries), engineering, and even factories, with the goal of building millions of EVs for the global market starting in 2027.