To mark the Corvette’s 70th birthday, Chevrolet engineers gave it electric power and unveiled the new 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray. The E-Ray is both the first hybrid and first all-wheel drive model in nameplate history. With 655 horsepower and a 2.5-second sprint from 0 to 60, it’s also the fastest production Vette ever.
The E-Ray starts with the same 6.2-liter LT2 V8 as the standard Corvette Stingray. From its midships seat, it sends 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Chevy engineers then add a 160-horsepower electric motor to the front axle, bringing an additional 125 pound-feet of torque. The motor draws power from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack plugged into the transmission tunnel between the seats – where the propshaft would have been before the Vette became mid-engined for this generation
With just 1.9 kilowatt hours of capacity (slightly more than a Prius’ 1.2 kWh pack), no plug is required; The E-Ray’s self-contained hybrid system can be charged solely through regenerative braking when decelerating or coasting. The E-Ray’s 12-volt battery – which supports the V8, start-stop and PTO systems – has also been upgraded to a lightweight lithium-ion unit
The E-Ray’s electric all-wheel drive (eAWD) puts out a combined 655 horsepower and does the quarter-mile in just 10.5 seconds. More impressive is its sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds. That’s 0.4 seconds faster than thatand 0.1 second faster than , making this the fastest production Corvette to date. The lighter Z06 is probably still the most finely honed tool for track use, but the E-Ray has a number of other advantages on the road.
For starters, the eAWD system promises improvements in traction and stability in low-grip situations, potentially making it an all-season sports car that’s better equipped to handle rain, snow or ice than its rear-wheel-drive predecessors. eAWD should also allow the Corvette’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology to more liberally utilize the V8’s four-cylinder mode during coasting and cruising for improved fuel economy.
The E-Ray also introduces new Stealth and Charge Plus modes. If stealth mode is selected before takeoff, it will only use the front electric motor for near-silent operation up to a speed of 45mph. When it hits that speed or exceeds the battery pack’s limited range, the V8 will automatically switch over. Charge Plus, on the other hand, maximizes battery state of charge – presumably through more aggressive regeneration – for more consistent electrical support and performance during extended track sessions.
Externally, the E-Ray is 3.6 inches wider than the Stingray and shares its wide body proportions and body panels with the Z06. Hidden within its flared arches are offset 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels with a unique E-Ray five-spoke design. Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires are standard. Upgraded Pilot Sport 4S summer tires are available as part of a ZER performance package that increases the E-Ray’s lateral grip to around 1.1G. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and Chevrolet’s Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 system are also standard on the performance hybrid.
Inside, the Vette’s infotainment and digital instrument cluster screens feature new layouts that display and monitor the power and efficiency of the electric motor and V8. The E-Ray is also offered with the full list of 2024 Corvette driver assistance technology, including Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking. The E-Ray’s cargo volume of 12.5 cubic feet is virtually unchanged from the Stingray’s (12.6 cubic feet), so it looks like adding an electric motor to the front won’t significantly impact the underhood frunk.
The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is coming later this year and starts at $104,295 for the 1LZ coupe or $111,295 for the 1LZ convertible, before destination fees, which are currently $1,395.