GM is poised to go fully electric by 2035, which means a switch from internal combustion to battery power for the entirety of GM’s passenger vehicle portfolio in less than 15 years. That switch will include the Chevy Corvette, but now, it looks as though we may get a full Corvette EV model well before the 2035 deadline.
According to a recent report from Automotive News, GM is cooking up a new Corvette EV for release in 2025, as well as a new crossover model that will also bear the Corvette nameplate.
“Forecasters expect an electric version of the sports car in 2025 along with at least one Corvette crossover around 2025,” Automotive News reports. “The EVs will be built at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly in Michigan.”
At present, the GM Lansing Grand River plant produces the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, including the high-performance CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing model variants, as well as the Chevy Camaro.
As GM Authority covered previously, a new Corvette EV model is more or less a foregone conclusion at this point, given GM’s goal to switch to electric power by 2035. In fact, in a statement made back in April, GM President Mark Reuss confirmed that The General would offer a “fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future.”
That said, the form which this upcoming Corvette EV will take has been something of a mystery. Essentially, there are three possible scenarios that could lead to the launch of the upcoming Corvette EV, the first of which is a retrofit of the existing GM Y2 platform that underpins the C8 Corvette to accommodate Ultium-based batteries and Ultium drive motors. Although technically a possibility, this is highly unlikely, given the Y2 platform was never intended to accommodate full EV components and the fact that such a model would compete for production capacity at the GM Bowling Green plant.
Another possibility is that GM could introduce a new Corvette EV with the next-gen C9 Corvette, but again, assuming the 2025 timing is correct, this also seems unlikely.
The more likely scenario is that the Corvette EV will be a completely different model from the C8, but with a Corvette badge attached, with GM taking a page from Ford’s playbook when it created the Mustang Mach-E. Assuming what we know so far, this seems to make the most sense.
SOURCE: GM AUTHORITY