Like it or not, the electric wave is coming. Many automakers have already committed to transforming their lineups over the next three to five years – promising to rid the stable of all gas-powered vehicles and replacing them with more efficient, eco-friendly options powered exclusively by electricity.
Chevy is one of the automakers riding the wave, with plans to transform some of their most popular, well-known models to be completely electric. It started with the Silverado EV, and know it’s been confirmed that the iconic Corvette will also be electric – and we’re charged up about the possibilities.
Given that the news of the electric Corvette are so fresh, there’s not too much that we can confirm at this point, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make some assessments based on what Chevy has provided. It starts with the video Chevy shared, which shows that in addition to the electrification, the Chevy Corvette will be getting another new capability – it will offer all-wheel drive for the first time.
Truthfully, the AWD capability doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as we fully expect that each of the two axels will come with a dedicated powertrain. With a duo of electric motors, the Corvette should have no issues hitting the same performance numbers as the V8 varieties that we’re familiar with.
While we’re on the subject, it’s important to note that while the Corvette will be going electric, it will not be ditching the V8 entirely. From what we understand at this point, the all-electric Corvette will still offer a gas-powered variety. It will also combine the best of both worlds with a hybrid model that is not far from being released, as Chevy announced that the hybrid will be based on the current model.
Fresh off the heels of the announcement, there hasn’t been an official release date that has been shared, but Chevy did confirm that it would be coming soon – even as soon as early in 2023. With that in mind, we expect to see the hybrid around the same time. What we do know is that it should be coming before 2025 at the absolute latest, as General Motors will be launching 30 EVs before 2025.
10 years from then, in 2035, Chevy plans to sell EVs exclusively. With that in mind, we’re confident that once the Chevy Corvette EV is released, it will be here to stay. We’ll look forward to the gas and hybrid varieties for now, but it won’t be long before the EV wave leaves them in its wake.
Looking for a Corvette in the Gainesville, TX area? While it may be some time before the Chevy Corvette hits our lot, we’re here to help get you behind the wheel of a gas-powered model or another EV.