As GM Authority has covered extensively in the past, General Motors is aiming to expand its offerings with a few new all-electric Corvette variants in the near future, while presently, The General is offering up the 2024 Corvette E-Ray as the first-ever hybrid Chevy Corvette production vehicle. That all said, the idea of a battery-driven Corvette certainly isn’t a new one – in fact, telecommunications company Motorola built a C4-based Corvette EV way back in the ‘90s. Now, Motorola’s all-electric Corvette is up for grabs in a new online auction.
Per a report from The Drive, Motorola built this all-electric Corvette prototype in secret, hiding its EV goodies from the prying eyes of visitors and even other employees. Documentation suggests that vehicle development began in the early ‘90s, with Motorola purchasing the Vette used with roughly 64,000 miles on the clock. Interestingly, this wasn’t the only all-electric vehicle that Motorola was working on, with the company reportedly experimenting on a broad variety of different battery-driven prototypes around the same timeframe.
The auction includes “12 pounds of documents / build sheets/ manuals / schematics” that detail the history and technical specs for this vehicle. Highlights include a NEMA L10 connector and an array of deep-cycle batteries, the latter of which can be found under the hood, in the trunk, and possibly under the floor as well. It also looks as though there is an electric motor that directs output to the factory manual transmission to drive the rear wheels.
Output (according to the associated documentation) suggests a maximum of 428 horsepower, well above the 240 horsepower produced by the gasoline-fueled V8 equipped in stock form, and hugely impressive for an EV developed in the ‘90s. That said, this vehicle currently does not run or drive.
Now, this Motorola-built C4 Corvette EV is listed for sale in a new online auction at eBay. The vehicle is located in Illinois, and includes a “Buy It Now” price of $100,000.