C​orvette chief engineer hints at an all-electric Corvette

B​ye bye V8??

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T​here'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.

T​his 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?"

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C​hevrolet

S​o 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.

"zero emissions is part of our mission"

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter

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."

H​owever, 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.

T​here 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.

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Comments (75)

  • I hate it, but electric is probably the future. Hydrogen is better. To make the electric to power the EV we burn fossil fuel. Don't make sense really.

      9 months ago
  • Fake news.... everyone wants electric cars. The government that gives us cheap gas in the USA isn’t going to “make” everybody drive one in the near future. Americans are too busy buying trucks. I’m tired of stories about electric cars, hybrids were the future in 2008, but it did not catch on like promised.

      9 months ago
    • Have you heard of the Tesla Model 3, you know the one that is outselling the BMW 3 series and all of its competitors

        9 months ago
    • Only in usa.

        9 months ago
  • Wow. They took away our front engine, now the only good thing we have left, the V8, and that coukd go? ‘Mise well not call it american

      9 months ago
  • well why not? ford has already ruined the good name of the mustang so does this come as a surprise...really?

      9 months ago
  • “Zero emissions is our mission”. Chevrolet has become a joke and so has the corvette!!

      9 months ago
    • Huh?

        9 months ago
    • The Corvette is becoming a joke. Sportscars being electric for the sake of emission is useless. They dont make even 10% of the emissions.

        9 months ago
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