Corvette EV Officially In The Works  
 

General Motors' electrification program is gaining pace, with plans to electrify the Corvette. It will be a two-step procedure, beginning with a hybrid version of the sports vehicle in 2023 and ending with an all-electric Corvette in 2024.

Photos of an electric Corvette have emerged recently, confirming long-held assumptions. GM officials remained silent, awaiting confirmation of the C8 Corvette's mid-engine platform.

However, some strong insiders engaged in Corvette's development have been leaking information. During the 2019 debut of the C8, it was made clear that the new platform was made with a hybrid engine and all-wheel drive in mind.

It is difficult to determine the real nature of the hybrid. Engineers at GM have been working on both a conventional and a plug-in system. According to some industry observers, the final package will be the ZR1 of the next-generation Corvette. This is normally the flagship model of each new generation. Others say it will fall between the current Stingray and the 2023 Z06 Corvette, which will have 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The hybridized Corvette will be the first with all-wheel drive. The next all-electric vehicle will push the boundaries even further.

Dual Motors and Maximum Power

Electric motors will be used on each of the two-seater Corvette's axles in the EV variant. Electric Corvettes with three or four motors will be possible in the future, thanks to several performance options.

The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is likely to use electric torque vectoring to improve handling. An electric limited-slip differential would enhance cornering even more in a two-motor configuration.

Putting the battery pack under the cargo floor would be another benefit. This would make the C8's center of gravity lower than it is now.

An 800 Volt Architecture

GM plans to upgrade the electrical architecture of the electric Corvette from 400 to 800 volts. It will also move from silicon to carbide-based power control technologies. Among other things, this will help with billing.

The names of hybrid and electric-only vehicles are yet to be revealed. GM has registered the moniker "E-Ray," which will be used on a production car.

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