Yesterday General Motors provided us with more details on its advanced new electric architecture that will find its way into nearly all of its vehicles by 2023. The digital “nervous system”, officially called the GM digital vehicle platform, will enable over-the-air updates and will also support the adoption of new electrified powertrains, autonomous driving systems and automated safety systems.
The new electric architecture is likely one of the reasons behind the delay for the 2020 mid engine Corvette C8, if a report first published by Hagerty in March was accurate. That piece alleged GM’s new supercar was pushed back because engineers were having trouble ironing the kinks out of a next-gen electrical system that would also appear in many other GM vehicles, which is obviously the same system GM announced yesterday.
Jalopnik also reported in December that GM originally began developing the mid engine Corvette C8 with a standard wiring harness and electrical system, like what is found in GM’s vehicles today, before the automaker decided it needed to switch the car over to the newer system.
The March report also alleged the car was experiencing some chassis stiffness issues that contributed to the delay.
In a press release, GM said the next-gen electrical architecture is necessary to support the rollout of emerging automotive technologies.
“As the automative industry and vehicles evolve in the next five to 10 years, more electrical bandwidth and connectivity will be needed to ensure that features like electric propulsion systems, the Super Cruise driver assistance feature and advanced active safety systems can all run in conjunction with each other,” it said in a press release.
The 2020 mid engine Corvette C8 will make its official debut on July 18.