The first-ever electrified Corvette, the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, is finally here.
The unveiling comes exactly 70 years after the American sports car first debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama in New York City.
The hybrid variant was revealed today at The Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York, where it performed some maneuvers on ice to showcase its eAWD capabilities.
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“In honor of Corvette’s momentous debut in New York City, we returned exactly 70 years later to expand the idea of what a Corvette can deliver with the electrified all-wheel drive Corvette E-Ray,” Chevrolet’s vice president Scott Bell said.
The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is the eighth generation Corvette in just four years.
And it’s the fastest one yet.
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Just like the Stingray, it has a 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 and can make 495 hp.
But paired with the front-positioned electric motor, powered by a 1.9-kWh battery, it makes an additional 160 hp.
The electric power paired with the good old-fashioned V8 generates a seriously impressive 655 hp.
It’s the fastest-accelerating Corvette in history, going from 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in just 2.5 seconds.
The electric motor delivers power to all four wheels, which means the E-Ray is also the first all-wheel-drive Corvette.
Chevrolet says the E-Ray has an intelligent eAWD system that constantly reads the road and can adapt to conditions and the driver’s needs.
Why doesn’t the E-Ray have a charging port?
The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray doesn’t have a charging port because it doesn’t need to be plugged in for charging.
Instead, it charges with regenerative energy which is generated when you drive.
Its 1.9-kWh battery pack is mounted in a tunnel that runs between the two seats and is charged when the car brakes, slows down and drives.
The hybrid wears the same iconic design as the Z06, but it will have special E-Ray badging.
With 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch at the rear, it will have the same forward-leaning aggressive stance that the Corvette is iconic for.
The car maker says buyers will also be able to choose from 14 different colorways.
Corvette E-Ray price
The E-Ray coupe will start at $102,900 and the convertible will start at $109,900.
From there, buyers will be able to choose some add ons including custom carbon fiber trim packages or a high-performance package.