Making its formal introduction in January of this year, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray ushers in a new era for the storied Chevy Corvette nameplate, offering up a heady dose of electrified, all-wheel-drive performance. Per an exclusive GM Authority report published early last month, production of customer-bound units of the 2024 Chevy Corvette is set to kick off in the fall. Now, however, GM Authority has also learned that select units of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray are already rolling off the line, but for an entirely different purpose.
According to GM Authority sources, the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky has started to build 2024 Corvette E-Ray units during the week of May 22nd, 2023. However, these are not customer units, but rather early builds for use in the Captured Test Fleet program, or CTF.
For those readers who may be unaware, vehicles that are part of the CTF program are essentially vehicle units built for evaluation purposes, quality checks, media test drives, and other pre-production purposes. Interestingly, vehicles that participate in the CTF program come with VINs, and can be sold later on as used vehicles.
Meanwhile, regular production for the 2024 Corvette is set to begin on September 5th, 2023, per a GM Authority exclusive. Production of the 2023 Corvette is set to end on September 1st, 2023. The GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky is the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette, a role which it has served since 1981.
The most important change to the C8 Corvette lineup for the 2024 model year is the introduction of the new Corvette E-Ray. The new E-Ray is equipped with the same naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine cradled by the C8 Stingray, but unlike the Stingray, the E-Ray also incorporates a single front-mounted electric motor and 1.9 kWh battery system, bringing peak output to 655 horsepower.
All C8 Corvette variants ride on the GM Y2 platform.