It finally happened: GM announces the Electric Corvette

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GM announces the Electric Corvette: Today GM finally announced the Electric Corvette and perhaps something that will have a wider consequence outside of car enthusiasts: GM’s Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system. The EV tech will help boost range, help vehicles charge faster, and heat car interiors with excess heat produced by the batteries.

GM President Mark Reuss shared the long-expected Corvette news on LinkedIn this morning, announcing an “electrified” Corvette coming next year (2023) followed by the vehicle we’ve all been waiting for, the fully Electric Corvette.

Some time ago we moved the Corvette team into the EV space in Warren, Michigan, and when we revealed the new mid-engine Corvette, I said there would be “more to come.” This morning I sat down with Phil LeBeau of CNBC and finally answered the question I’ve been asked countless times.

Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future. In fact, we will offer an electrified Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.

In addition, we also announced today Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system, a patented onboard system that takes the heat generated by EV batteries and uses it to warm the cabin, create more efficient charging conditions, and even increase vehicle acceleration. And it can boost the vehicle’s range by about 10%. It’s a perfect example of how developing a ground-up EV platform like Ultium enables unique features not easily done with a retrofit.

Big news day at GM!

The Chevy Youtube channel shared the following video complete with requisite internal combustion sound effects in what looks like testing on salt flats.

Electrek’s Take:

We’ve been expecting an electric Corvette ever since Chevy got the Bolt EV out the door in 2017. Rumors of its existence have abounded. But we’re now in 2022, and you have to wonder if GM is too late.

Only having an “Electrified” version by 2023 and a full EV one “later” is frankly a disappointment.

What is this thing going to have that will be better than a Mustang GT, Taycan, or Model S Plaid besides no cargo space? Sure, it will look really cool, but has the ship already sailed?

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