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GM announces hybrid version of classic Chevrolet Corvette

Washington, Jan 17 (EFE).- General Motors (GM) in late 2023 will begin selling its first hybrid Chevrolet Corvette, a high-performance sports model the firm has dubbed the E-Ray 2024 and which will have a starting sticker price of $104,000.

The marketing of the E-Ray 2024 coincides with the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Corvette, one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by US automakers.

The Corvette E-Ray 2024 will be a sporty four-wheel drive vehicle outfitted with a 6.2-liter LT2 Small Block V8 engine and a 160 horsepower (120 kW) electric motor.

The 1.9 kWh lithium-ion battery recharges with vehicle braking and driving and thus it is not necessary to charge it by connecting it to the electric grid.

In all, the vehicle will have more than 655 horsepower and will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, making it the fastest Corvette in the model’s history.

The vehicle will be available in removable roof coupe and hardtop convertible models.

Production of the new Corvette will take place at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly facility in Kentucky and will use both US-made and globally sourced parts.

GM said that the Corvette E-Ray 2024 will be the only sports vehicle in the world to combine a V8 Engine with an electrical motor.

GM president Mark Reuss said in a statement that just as the launching of the Corvette in 1953 kicked off “seven decades of passion,” the E-Ray, “as the first electrified, all-wheel-drive Corvette, takes it a step further and expands the promise of what Corvette can deliver.”

EFE –/bp

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