Corvette chief engineer hints at an all-electric Corvette
Bye bye V8??
There's a word in the English language, it represents something which pretty much every automaker will say when asked about anything remotely controversial or exciting about an upcoming vehicle; bullshit.
This is a strategy which PR people love to implement. You might ask them, "Is it true that the next generation S-Class will be dropping the V12 engine?". The PR person will then respond with, "That's an excellent question, and I'll answer it in just a minute, however, in the meantime can I talk to you about the new diesel A Class sedan?"
So you might imagine my surprise when out of the blue someone actually answered a question. During an interview Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter spoke at length about the upcoming C8 Corvette, and was asked about the possibility of an electric-powered version of the car. His answer was rather surprisingly an answer.
Now obviously Juechter can't say much of anything regarding future products, however, he did shed some light on the subject. "you know, Corvette is part of General Motors, and part of General Motor's mission, you know, from the top of the company, is zero, zero, zero. So, zero emissions is part of our mission. Now, that's a future state. We'll get there eventually, so that's our job to continue to work towards that."
However, while to many this may seem surprising, it's actually quite obvious when you think about it. Chevrolet have very publicly stated that it is their goal to be an all-electric manufacturer, meaning that spending development dollars on a V8-powered muscle car would simply be inviable.
There is no business case to be made for developing a purely one-vehicle powertrain, let alone using a technology which would provide inferior performance. That being said, I'm sure that many Corvette enthusiast won't be happy about this, and the fact that their all-American V8 sports car may soon die is certainly not a pleasant reality.