Ioanna is a writer at TNW. She covers the full spectrum of the European tech ecosystem, with a particular interest in startups, sustainabili Ioanna is a writer at TNW. She covers the full spectrum of the European tech ecosystem, with a particular interest in startups, sustainability, green tech, AI, and EU policy. With a background in the humanities, she has a soft spot for social impact-enabling technologies.
One of Chevrolet’s most iconic cars will finally be transformed into an EV.
On Monday, GM’s president Mark Reuss confirmed on his Linkedin account that an electrified (i.e. hybrid) Corvette is coming in 2023, followed by a fully electric one further down the road.
Take a peek at Chevrolet’s alluring video:
BREAKING: An electrified #Corvette will be available as early as next year and a fully electric version to follow. Stay tuned for more. pic.twitter.com/6lDUWpOIZ2
— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) April 25, 2022
The camouflaged prototype we can see in the teaser is most probably the hybrid version. It appears to have the exact same body as the gas-powered Corvette, and you can still hear the roaring sound of the engine.
Unfortunately, we know even less about the fully electric model, or rather, nothing at all. But if it’s to compete with its internal combustion-sibling — the upcoming Corvette Z06 boasts 670hp, and a zero to 60mph acceleration in 2.6 seconds — we can expect some pretty impressive performance.
Nevertheless, a Corvette EV isn’t such a big surprise. GM not only plans to exclusively sell EVs by 2035, but is also extending its electrification strategy into nearly every segment across its brands.
It’s targeting pick-up truck drivers with the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Hummer, luxury buyers with the Cadillac Lyric, and consumers who’re looking for a more mainstream option with the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox.
On top of that, the competition is growing among high-performance EVs, with the likes of the Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S Plaid, or even Ford’s Mustang Mach-E GT. It makes total sense that GM is eyeing a piece of the electric sports car market as well.
Still, I believe that the company should have gone straight for a fully electric Corvette instead of opting for a hybrid interim option. And by the time we’ll actually get to see the real Corvette EV, GM will be facing an even larger number of competitors.
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