Chevrolet Corvette: Electric future confirmed for V8 icon


The world’s longest-running sports car nameplate is set to undergo its biggest change yet.


The two-seater has been sold since 1953 over eight iterations, making it the longest-running sports car nameplate in history.

For the vast majority of that 69-year lifespan, the vehicle has been available exclusively with a petrol V8 engine.

However, that is set to change with the introduction of hybrid and fully-electric powertrain options later this decade.    


In a LinkedIn post overnight, GM President Mark Reuss said: “Some time ago we moved the Corvette team into the EV space in Warren, Michigan.”

“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.”

This suggests a hybridised variant of the current-generation Corvette C8 will likely launch in 2023, with a bespoke all-electric model still several years away.


A video attached to the post appears to show an all-wheel drive hybrid drifting on snow, and spy pics from earlier this year suggest it will be built in right-hand drive.

It’s unclear if this model pairs an electric motor to the existing 6.2- or 5.5-litre V8s, or employ a smaller and more fuel-efficient alternative.

The electric model will be underpinned by General Motor’s Ultium platform according to Mr Reuss, suggesting it will be a stand-alone offering.

Drive has contacted Australian Corvette distributor GMSV, for comment on the possibility on local availability. This story will be updated with its response.

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