Chevrolet has revealed its first electrified Corvette, a hybrid sports car called the 2024 E-Ray. The model, which also marks Corvette’s first use of an AWD drive system, is designed to be driven across several road conditions and will be offered in removeable roof and hardtop convertible versions.
The E-Ray leverages its electrification to enhance several aspects of the driving experience – boosting its straight-line performance and all-weather driving capabilities, as well as its grand touring capabilities. Two separate propulsion systems support these features, offering a naturally aspirated engine that benefits from the electrified responsiveness of the hybrid’s eAWD system. Together, they enable a 0-60 mph (0 – 96 km/h) time of 2.5 seconds, before reaching a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. Power is drawn from a 6.2-liter Small Block V8, which enables 495 hp (396 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. This is complemented by an electric motor that adds a further 160 hp (199 kW), and 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) of torque sent to the front wheels through a 1.9 kWh battery pack between the seats. This setup ultimately gives the E-Ray a combined power rating of 655 hp (488 kW) and 595 lb-ft (806 Nm) of torque.
eAWD facilitates the E-Ray’s performance capabilities, while routinely learning (and adapting to) the road conditions beneath its wheels. Here, the hybrid automatically adjusts its settings to meet traction conditions and the driver’s needs – adjusting the level of power sent to each wheel in the process. In illustrating the feature, Chevrolet used the system’s delivery of additional power to the front wheels to enhance stability during spirited driving and in low traction environments as an example. eAWD and E-Ray’s further electrified features are enabled by a 12-volt lithium-ion battery, which sources power from regenerative energy generated when coasting, braking, or driving normally. The electric motor can, likewise, benefit the V8 engine’s operations in various driving scenarios through a standard Active Fuel Management system.
A similar feature enabled by the hybrid’s electrified setup is Stealth Mode, which allows the vehicle to travel using only its electric propulsion in certain conditions. Selected by the user as the vehicle starts up, the mode briefly allows for a period of all-electric driving before the engine turns on. Operating at up to 45 mph (72 km/h), the mode can help drivers quietly exit a neighborhood, among other use cases. If this speed limit is exceeded, additional torque is requested, or the battery pack is depleted, the engine is engaged automatically.
Stealth Mode is one of several driving modes offered with electric assistance – with further examples including Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode, and a Z-Mode. Track sees eAWD apply torque to the front axle as needed – leveraging the Charge+ feature to maximize the battery’s state of charge and enable extended lapping.
Inside, a pair of performance-oriented infotainment screens utilize the E-Ray Performance app. With it, drivers can gain deeper insights into the propulsion system’s operations through three selectable displays. The Gauges configuration shows the dynamic power output from the electric motor and V8; Dyno provides a graph of the vehicle’s power and torque across selectable time intervals; and Data provides information on the electrical system’s performance and efficiency. The interior will also offer dedicated Charge+ and Stop/Start buttons on the console, with upgrades to the infotainment and instrument cluster providing a more integrated user experience.
Chevrolet confirmed that the 2024 E-Ray will launch in 2023, though a more specific release window has not yet been detailed. At launch, the model will retail at $104,295 (€96,340) for the 1LZ coupe variant – with the 1LZ convertible version priced at $111,295 (€102.806). Production will take place at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly plant, located in Kentucky.