GM Trademarks Corvette E-Ray

 

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Its no secret that the automotive industry is moving towards alternative electrified propulsion solutions for future automobiles. A spy photographer recently caught wind of a trademark filing with the US patent and Trademark office that shows that General Motors claiming the “Corvette E-Ray” moniker. Could there be a new electric Corvette coming to a dealership near you?

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Photo Credit: Cali.Exotics

With cars coming from Tesla, Ferrari, Porsche, Acura, and McLaren that have demonstrated how fast electric power can really be, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that other automakers are toying around with the idea of their own electric sports cars. It is still uncertain whether the “E-Ray” will come as a pure EV or whether it will have a hybrid system working in conjunction with a traditional internal combustion engine. The latter seems more appropriate for the Corvette.

Most likely, this new “E-Ray” won’t be built on a C7 platform, as it is already tightly packaged. The C7 chassis was never designed to be modified to fit bulky batteries. There is speculation that GM could show off the “Corvette E-Ray” at the upcoming 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. A concept vehicle would make the most sense in this case. Perhaps GM is saving the moniker for the next generation C8 Corvette. In which case, a performance hybrid version would be sold along side a traditional gasoline powered Corvette.

Either way, this is intriguing news. Historically, the Corvette has been resistant to too much change. In fact, the C7 Corvette still uses a transverse leafspring rear suspension set-up and an OHV pushrod V8. Trademarking a name that suggests electric power is a giant leap for GM and Corvette.

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Photo Credit: CuttingEdgeImagery

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