The Corvette is destined to go electric – that much should be obvious given GM’s plans to go full EV across its passenger vehicle lineup by 2035, as well as comments made by GM President Mark Reuss earlier this year. Now, new details on the upcoming all-electric Corvette products have come to light.
Let’s start by briefly summarizing the story thus far. As GM Authority reported in August, GM is considering the development of a new all-electric Corvette sedan to rival sporty models like the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, most likely with the GM BEV3 architecture providing the underpinnings, as well as next-generation GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors for motivation. GM Authority even went so far as to render what this forthcoming battery-powered Corvette might look like.
What’s more, GM Authority reported over the summer that GM was also considering the development of a new all-electric Corvette crossover, a model which would rival products like the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, as well as the upcoming all-electric Porsche flagship set to slot in above the Porsche Caynne and Porsche Macan.
So then, the current situation is as follows – at this point, it should be more than obvious that the C8 Corvette Stingray is nothing short of a runaway success. What’s more, demand for the C8 Corvette Z06 is so high, GM will be filling orders for many years to come. Further C8 variants like the E-Ray, ZR1, and Zora are all on the way, and while an all-electric replacement for the C8 is coming, it won’t arrive until much later than anything else mentioned here.
Once the new C8 variants are rolled out, GM is expected to launch a new Corvette sub-brand around the 2025 calendar year. The new sub-brand will consist of a coupe-like four-door Corvette sedan model, as well as a new Corvette crossover, both of which will utilize GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motor tech.
These new Corvette EV products will stay true to the nameplate by offering sexy styling and a high-performance driving experience. What’s more, the switch to EVs (and likely the BEV3 platform) will enable designers to rethink Corvette’s proportions. After all, BEV3 is high flexible, as evidenced by BEV3-based products like the Cadillac Lyriq, Cadillac Celestiq, and Chevy Equinox EV – all very different vehicle indeed.
Additionally, Car and Driver now reports that the upcoming Corvette EV products will incorporate a patented cooling system for the batteries, ultra-efficient inverters, an 800-volt electrical system with 350-kW charging capabilities, a two-speed transmission, four-wheel steering, and a torque vectoring system.
While the purists are undoubtedly squirming at the though of an all-electric sedan or crossover bearing the Corvette nameplate, the motivation behind the strategy is simple – it’s all about money. The Porsche Cayenne, for example, proved just how profitable a sports car brand could be when applied to another segment, and now, even Ferrari is getting in on the action.
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