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The most exciting thing that could happen to the Corvette brand was the introduction of the C8 Corvette rolled off the assembly line in 2019 for the 2020 model year. The mid-engined design was the first of its kind in Corvette history, and we couldn’t get enough of it.
Rumors of a new Corvette model Electric Corvette are growing ever stronger
With the start of the 2021 model year, Chevrolet could have another surprise in store for us – an electric C8 Corvette. So what do we know about the electric C8 and when can we get our hands on one?
First, a hybrid
While the idea of an electric C8 Corvette is exciting, Chevy isn’t jumping into it the electric sports car race with both feet still completely. Instead, it looks like the next step is on that ladder a Corvette ZR1 Hybrid, which is said to be on the road in time for the 2023 model year.[Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data]
We expect more than 900 hp from this gas-electric hybrid as soon as it finally rolls off the assembly line. Spycams I’ve taken footage of some form of Corvette on the test tracks, but it doesn’t seem like the ZR1 we’re so excited about – mostly because the lack of drive axle nuts on the front wheels means it’s not like the ZR1 AWD Hybrid should be.
Rumors of electric corvettes
What does that mean with a hybrid Corvette on the horizon for the potential of an electric C8 ‘Vette? At the moment we only see rumors. But that doesn’t mean a lot in the automotive industry. The C8 mid-engine Corvette was just a rumor a few years ago, and now you can bring one home when the mood strikes.
Right now, industry experts believe an electric C8 is possible, but we will likely have to take small steps on that which means We’ll likely see a hybrid before they move on to an all-electric vehicle.
That’s not a bad thing. This means Chevy has plenty of time to perfect its electric supercar technology before it is rolled out in something as iconic as the Corvette.
Bring one home
Electric is a logical option for supercars like the Corvette
It will be a while before we can bring home either a hybrid C8 Corvette or an all-electric supercar. Currently, experts consider 2023 to be the first possible date on which one of these new models will roll off the assembly line.
We’ll likely know more in the years to come as more information emerges. We can speculate, but until we get an official announcement from Chevy, we just have spy camera Footage and guesswork.
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Published on January 19, 2021 – 12:01 UTC