To mark the Corvette’s 70th birthday Chevrolet’s engineers have gifted the Corvette electrified power. The Corvette E-Ray is the brand-new 2024 Chevy Corvette E-Ray. The E-Ray is the first hybrid car and the first model with all-wheel drive within the history of the nameplate. With 600 horsepower as well as a 2.5-second sprint from 0-60 as well and the fastest production ‘Vette ever.
2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Engine
The E-Ray is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 LT2 as the regular Corvette Stingray. From its vantage point amidships, it delivers four hundred horsepower as well as 470 pounds-feet of torque directly to the rear axles through an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The engineers at Chevy then put an electric motor of 160 horsepower on the front axle which brings the vehicle an additional 130 pound-feet of torque. The motor draws power from a high-voltage lithium-ion pack, which is hidden in the transmission tunnel in between the seats, where the prop shaft was before the mid-engine ‘Vette that was introduced to this generation.
With only 1.9 kilowatt-hours of power (slightly higher than the Prius’ 1.2-kWh pack) there’s no need to plug in as the self-contained hybrid system can charge the battery using the regenerative braking system during deceleration or coasting. The 12-volt battery in the E-Ray that supports the V8, stop-stop, and accessory power systems has been upgraded to a light lithium-ion battery.
Together The E-Ray’s electronic all-wheel drive, also known as the eAWD system produces a total of 655 horsepower, and can complete the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. The most impressive part is that it can complete an acceleration from 0-60 mph in only 2.5 seconds. This is 0.4 seconds quicker than the conventional Stingray in addition to 0.1 seconds faster over the racing-engine Z06 which makes it the fastest production Corvette to date. The smaller Z06 is likely to remain the most precise machine for track usage However, the E-Ray has a host of advantages on the road.
In the beginning it’s for starters, the eAWD system promises to improve stability and traction in low grip conditions, which could make this an ideal all-season sports car more prepared to deal with snow, ice, or rain than its predecessors with rear-drive. eAWD should also enable the Corvette’s Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation tech to more liberally take advantage of the V8’s four-cylinder mode during coasting and cruising for improved fuel economy.
The E-Ray also comes with innovative Stealth and Charge Plus modes. When activated, Stealth Mode uses only the front motor to provide nearly silent operation for up to 45 miles per hour. When it exceeds the speed or battery pack’s maximum capacity is reached it automatically switches over. Charge Plus is the opposite and will maximize the battery’s state of charge by accelerating the regeneration process to provide better electric assistance and performance over extended track sessions.
Exterior & Interior
Externally it appears that the E-Ray has a body that is 3.6 inches larger than Stingray with its wide body dimensions and body panels with Z06. The arches that are tucked away in its flared arches have staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, each with its own E-Ray five-spoke style. Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires are included in the standard. The upgraded Summer Pilot Sport tires are also available in the ZER Performance Package which increases the E-Ray’s lateral grip up to about 1.1 G. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes as well as Chevrolet’s Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 system are included as standard equipment on the hybrid with performance.
Inside, the information and digital instrument clusters come with new layouts to display and track the efficiency and power of the electrical motor as well as V8. It’s also equipped with a new dashboard that displays the power and efficiency of both engines. E-Ray will also come with all the 2024 Corvette driver assistance features, such as the lane keep assist feature forward collision alert well, and automatic emergency brake. The cargo capacity in the range of 12.5 cubic feet remains almost identical to the Stingray (12.6 cubic feet) It appears like the addition of an electric motor on the front of the car won’t affect the under-hood vent.
2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Release Date & Price
It will be available in the 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arriving later this year. Prices start with a price of $104,295 on the coupe 1LZ or $111,295 for the convertible, with destination costs which currently stand at $1,395.