Mark Reuss, president of General Motors Co. in Detroit, announced on CNBC Monday — and backed the statement up later on LinkedIn — that Chevrolet will eventually produce hybrid and all-electric versions of its legendary Corvette sports car.
“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,” said Reuss, who added that details will be forthcoming at a later date.
Corvette currently is only available as a Stingray model with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine producing up to 495 horsepower. A 670-horsepower Corvette Z06 with a 5.5-liter V-8 was unveiled last fall. The previous generation of the Corvette included a 755-horsepower ZR1 version.
“Some time ago we moved the Corvette team into the EV space in Warren, and when we revealed the new mid-engine Corvette, I said there would be more to come,” Reuss wrote in the LinkedIn post.
The Reuss announcement falls in line with the automaker’s plans to produce only zero-emission vehicles, meaning fully electric or powered by hydrogen fuel cells, by 2035.
It also coincides with GM’s revealing its Ultium Platform energy recovery system that helps waste energy increase a vehicle’s range, reduce battery energy needed for heating, increase charging speed, and enable sportier driving.