Mark Reuss’ Electric Corvette Announcement
An electric Corvette will soon be available, General Motors President Mark Reuss announced Monday in a LinkedIn post. It’s true, Reuss wrote. GM will produce an all-electric version of the iconic Corvette in the very near future. Reuss didn’t say exactly when the electric Corvette would come, but he hinted that an electric model could come sooner than the regular hybrid model. He said it wouldn’t be long before GM has electrified versions of most of its cars.
Mark Reuss Interview on CNBC
In the interview with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau on “Squawk Box,” Reuss finally answered the question about an all-electric Vette,
“Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and 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.”
Below is Mark Reuss’ Linkedin post:
Chevy Corvette Electric | Video on Twitter
On April 25, 2022, the above video was released on Chevy’s Twitter account saying, “BREAKING: An electrified #Corvette will be available as early as next year and a fully electric version to follow. Stay tuned for more.”
General Motors is Moving Forward With an Electric Corvette
General Motors has said it will be making fully electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles only by 2035. The hybrid systems these cars offer also make them usable in performance vehicles as they provide more power to the wheels and provide more immediate acceleration since electric motors offer more torque.
General Motors has moved the Corvette team to its EV space at its Warren, Michigan, facility, as this is likely in anticipation of the forthcoming electric Corvette.
So will America’s Sports Car debut as the C9? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Future Is Approaching Fast
General Motors will soon release a new version of the Chevrolet Corvette that will be powered by an all-wheel-drive system and will be amazingly powerful. It’s predicted that the first hybrid Corvette will be released sometime next year.
From the Twitter video/post, we expect to see Chevy electric Corvette debut in 2024 and most likely as a 2025 Corvette model year.
Will Corvette Enthusiast Want an Electric Corvette?
It’s difficult to predict how the Corvette owner will react to this change. After all, they have gasoline in their veins. No doubt, GM will have their work cut out for them in their efforts to persuade some hardcore Corvette fans to test drive their new electric vehicle.
In the words of Fox News, electric vehicles currently account for a fraction of total vehicle purchases, holding only about 2% of overall sales by both GM and Ford Motor Company by 2021.
According to General Motors, it is going to have 30 all-electric models available by 2025 and is planning to become an all-electric company by 2035.
So do you want a Chevy electric Corvette? What would you rather drive, the new C8 mid-engine Corvette that came out in 2020 or a Corvette electric? Who knows, maybe one day we’ll have an electric Corvette SUV.
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Press Release from Reuss Linkedin Post
We are including a press release titled “Ultium Energy Recovery Can Help GM EVs Charge and Accelerate Faster and Drive Farther.” This was the link that was in the Linkedin post by Mark Reuss.
Ultium Energy Recovery Can Help GM EVs Charge and Accelerate Faster and Drive Farther
GM has developed a patented heat pump that recovers energy from the battery to power heating and propulsion while also helping to conserve range
DETROIT – Today, GM announced a feature standard in its Ultium-based EVs that captures and repurposes waste energy from the battery. Through the Ultium Platform’s energy recovery system, this waste energy can increase a vehicle’s range, reduce battery energy needed for heating, increase charging speed, and even enable sportier driving.
EV batteries, power electronics, and other propulsion components produce heat. The Ultium Platform can recover and store this waste heat from the Ultium propulsion system. Further, it can also capture and use humidity from both inside and outside the vehicle, including body heat from passengers. The Ultium Platform can then deploy energy stored through the recovery process to heat the cabin more quickly in cold weather than comparable systems found in vehicles with an internal combustion engine.
Ultium’s energy recovery capabilities reduce the need to power heating and other functions from energy stored in the battery, which provides GM’s EVs with as much as 10% more range1, potentially allowing more power and range than vehicles with similarly sized batteries without energy recovery capabilities. With its active heating capabilities, Ultium vehicles can also potentially charge more efficiently by warming up the batteries before charging2.
Ultium’s energy recovery even enables GMC HUMMER EV’s available Watts to Freedom feature. Energy recovery precools the propulsion system to help the all-electric supertruck accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 3 seconds3.
“Having a ground-up EV architecture gives us the freedom to build in standard features like Ultium’s energy recovery capabilities,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain. “This helps us squeeze more efficiency, performance and overall customer benefit out of our EVs.”
Covered by 11 patents and four publications, the development of Ultium energy recovery traces its inception back to GM’s first EV, the EV1, in the late 1990s, when GM engineers first developed an EV heat pump. Ultium energy recovery is available on all current Ultium vehicles and planned for future Ultium vehicles.
1Actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, use and maintenance.
2Actual charge times will vary based on battery starting state of charge, battery condition, output of charger, vehicle settings and outdoor temperature. See the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for additional limitations.
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