In a campaign ad released back in the summer, president-elect Joe Biden said he was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new electric Corvette variant capable of going over 200 mph. This fueled speculation that Biden had the scoop on a secret new battery-electric Corvette from General Motors, but it’s more likely that he was referencing the C7 Corvette-based Genovation GXE.
We’ve covered the Genovation GXE quite extensively on this site in the past. The GXE is essentially a C7 Corvette Z06 that has been converted into a pure electric supercar. It’s powered by two electric motors mounted on the rear axle, which produce a combined output of 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, while juice for the motors comes from a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. The maximum estimated driving range is around 175 miles and Genovation claims it’s capable of reaching a top speed of 220 mph.
Genovation recently used some of Biden’s past statements on the GXE as part of a new advertisement for the converted electric Corvette. In the voice clip used in the promo video, Biden praises the vehicle and says it is evidence of America’s ongoing automotive engineering prowess.
“I can’t wait to get a seat behind that all-electric Corvette that goes 210 mph,” Biden says in the voiceover. “If ya’ll think I’m kidding, I mean it. Last year the converted Corvette set a speed record of 210.1 mph. An electric vehicle. So don’t tell me we don’t still make the best cars here in the United States of America.”
While the engineering behind the Genovation GXE is certainly impressive, it doesn’t come cheap. The Maryland -based company charges $750,000 for the GXE, and that’s not including the cost of the donor car. Biden has made his desire to put more electric vehicles on American roads clear, but near-$1 million supercars aren’t going to move the needle, so that’s where vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV and Cruise Origin will come in. That said, vehicles like the GXE help get the public excited about the prospect of future EVs that may be more within their price range.
Hear what Biden had to say about the Genovation GXE in the short 46-second clip embedded below.