The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is the iconic performance car’s first electric version, and it comes with all-wheel drive and a powerful 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8. Its launch comes exactly 70 years after the Corvette made its premiere at Motorama in New York City.
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All-wheel drive and tremendous power
“In 1953, the enthusiastic reaction to the Chevrolet Corvette concept kicked off seven decades of passion, performance and American ingenuity. E-Ray, as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors president.
The new Corvette E-Ray, which is available in removable roof coupe and hardtop convertible models, uses electrification to improve the driving experience with intense straight-line performance, all-weather confidence, and sure-footed grand touring capabilities that are only possible with eAWD. It was designed to be the Corvette owners can arrive anywhere, no matter the season.
In addition, E-Ray is the first sports vehicle that combines two distinct propulsion systems to provide naturally aspirated V-8 power with electric responsiveness driven by eAWD, making it unique.
“Corvette has been a halo for Chevrolet since 1953. E-Ray’s unprecedented blend of confidence, luxury performance, sophistication and style provides a new reason for more people to experience Corvette,” said Scott Bell, vice president of Chevrolet.
The E-Ray is the fastest production Corvette ever, achieving a 0-60 mph pace of 2.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds.
“Corvettes must provide an exhilarating driving experience on backroads and tracks, and E-Ray nails it. The electrification technology enhances the feeling of control in all conditions, adding an unexpected degree of composure,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer, Corvette.
The foundation of the Corvette driving experience is an almost instantaneous sense of propulsion from low-end torque, and the E-Ray has enough of it. The 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8 generates 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which are sent to the rear axle.
It is supplemented with an electric motor that uses a 1.9 kWh battery pack in between the seats to provide an extra 160 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque via the front wheels. A total of 655 horsepower is generated by the Corvette E- Ray’s electric motor and Small Block V-8 together.
Special performance for the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
The sophisticated eAWD system from E-Ray continuously learns about the road surface and adapts to driving demands and traction situations with ease. E-eAWD Ray’s technology provides more power to the front wheels during vigorous driving and in poor traction conditions, assisting in improving vehicle stability.
The battery system for the E-Ray does not need to be plugged in to charge. Regenerative energy from coasting, braking, and regular driving is used to charge the battery.
The brand-new E-Ray also incorporates the following additional features and technologies:
- Stealth Mode, an electric drive mode for the street, up to 45 mph
- New lightweight lithium-ion 12-volt battery that supports the LT2 V-8 engine’s stop/start functionality
- Standard Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system for optimal braking performance
- Standard Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 with three distinct suspension settings
- Staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires are available with an optional performance package
- Low, wide stance with crafted body styling that is 3.6 inches wider overall than Stingray
- Visceral sound experience that embodies the car’s dominating presence. The electric front motor works in harmony with the LT2 engine to create an invigorating sound
- Enhanced roster of driver assistance technologies (shared with all 2024 Corvette models), including Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Electrical power features
The electric powertrain system of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray offers thrilling acceleration to accelerate out of curves and smoothly accomplish passing maneuvers. Upon beginning, it may also provide a small amount of all-electric propulsion at the driver’s option.
The electric motor is used by E-standard Ray’s Active Fuel Management system to prolong 4-cylinder running under diverse driving conditions.
Each of the six driver-selectable modes for the Corvette E-Ray—Tours, Sport, Track, Weather, My Mode, and Z-Mode—tailors the degree of electric assistance. The Charge+ function, which enhances the battery’s level of charge, is another option available to drivers.
The infotainment system’s E-Ray Performance App gives the driver technical details on how the propulsion system is doing. There are three main display configurations:
- Gauges (displays dynamic power output from the electric motor and V-8 engine)
- Dyno (provides graph of power/torque across selectable time intervals)
- Data (showcases electrical system performance and efficiency)
The compact electric motor above the front axle of the Corvette E-Ray preserves room in the front storage area.
In some circumstances, the Corvette E-Ray’s two driver-initiated electric modes allow the vehicle to move with electric power. Additionally, the electric motor enhances track performance.
When enabled at startup, Stealth Mode allows all-electric driving for a while before the engine fires up for regular driving. Its top speed of 45 mph is intended for silently leaving a neighborhood. If the vehicle’s speed exceeds the posted limit, the driver requests more torque, or the E-battery Ray’s pack runs out of power, the engine starts up automatically.
E-Ray’s eAWD control technology uses the electric propulsion system to its fullest capacity to improve track performance. Torque is applied to the front axle when necessary. To enhance the battery state of charge for prolonged lapping, utilize the Charge+ option.
The eAWD propulsion technology and the specially created Performance Traction Management (PTM) modes work together to enhance performance.
Aggressive and agile design
The exterior of the E-Ray draws on the upscale athletic flair and performance-focused design that Corvette consumers are used to and enjoy.
At first appearance, the Z06 and the Corvette E-Ray seem to have intentional, broad-body proportions that allow for wide wheels that handle the Z06’s higher torque output. The lightweight alloy wheels have a unique to E-Ray twisted five-spoke star pattern.
“There’s never been a Corvette like E-Ray and its sophisticated design reflects that. It starts with the body color trim which draws your full attention to the exotic proportions of the E-Ray. The interiors allow customers to reflect their individual personalities with their choice of color executions that provide a refined or dynamic sport look and feel,” said Phil Zak, executive design director, Global Chevrolet.
The E-Ray also debuts the brand-new Artemis Dipped interior, which will only be offered on 2024 Corvettes and contains complementing deep green tones on practically every inside surface. Customers may choose from a variety of options when it comes to customizing the inside of their E-Ray, including two carbon fiber trim kits, three seat variations, seven interior colors, and more.
The infotainment system, instrument cluster, and new Charge+ and Stop/Start buttons on the console are all updated to provide a more unified design.
Price and availability
With an MSRP of $104,295 for the 1LZ coupe and $111,295 for the 1LZ convertible variant, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray goes on sale in 2023. It will be manufactured at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly factory in Kentucky using components from all around the world.