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Stingray Shock: Chevrolet Announces Upcoming Hybrid and All-Electric Corvettes

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Chevrolet announced via Twitter that electrified and all-electric variants of the Corvette are coming, with the electrified version coming “as early as next year.” The announcement also included a video of the electrified Corvette launching and then drifting around some salt flats.

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From the video, we can glean a few important bits of information about the electrified — i.e. hybrid — Corvette. First, it will likely be all-wheel drive, given that you can see the front wheels spinning during the launch sequence. Second, the front wheels spin first, which indicates that they are likely powered by an electric motor or motors. The gas engine — maybe one of the two V-8s currently powering the Corvette, maybe a (gasp!) smaller motor — is most likely driving the rear wheels.

Exact powertrain specs haven’t been released, however, so we’ll have to wait to learn more about the hybrid Corvette. We also don’t know what Chevy will call the electrified Corvette; we haven’t seen a C8 ZR1 — the highest-performance trim of previous-generation Corvettes — yet, though it’s possible Chevy will use a never-before-seen trim name for a never-before-seen Corvette.

As for looks, it’s hard to tell just how much different, if at all, this Corvette looks compared to existing production versions. It seems this Corvette will have the wider fenders first worn by the 2023 Corvette Z06 (the side scoops certainly look more Z06 than base Vette), but without other versions sitting next to this prototype, it’s difficult to tell.

As for the all-electric Corvette, we’ll really have to wait and see. Beyond likely using an Ultium battery pack, we don’t know anything about it. Will it look like a gas-powered or hybrid Corvette? Will it look different from other Corvettes, like how the Silverado 1500 and Silverado EV look different from each other? How will Chevrolet manage the weight of an electric powertrain? Will it be available before the Tesla Roadster?

Stay tuned for more information about these new Corvettes as it becomes available.

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