President Joe Biden as soon as once more talked about an electrical Chevrolet Corvette throughout a press convention held on Thursday, regardless of no indication from Common Motors that such a automotive is in improvement.
“I’ve received a dedication from [GM CEO Mary Barra], once they make the primary electrical Corvette, I get to drive it,” Biden stated whereas flanked by a Jeep Wrangler and GMC Hummer EV prototype in a video tweeted by The Hill. “You assume I am kidding, I am not kidding.”
Biden, who owns a C2 Corvette, first talked about the electrical Corvette in a marketing campaign advert final fall, claiming he’d been advised that it was in improvement, and that the electrical ‘Vette can be able to 200 mph.
President Biden: “I’ve received a dedication from [GM CEO Mary Barra], once they make the primary electrical Corvette, I get to drive it… You assume I am kidding, I am not kidding.” pic.twitter.com/sypl9G7a5U
— The Hill (@thehill) August 5, 2021
On the time, a GM spokesperson advised the Detroit Free Press that no one had mentioned an electrical Corvette with Biden, however the Free Press additionally reported that an nameless supply accustomed to manufacturing on the Corvette’s Bowling Inexperienced Meeting plant in Kentucky confirmed the rumor.
Biden made his newest electrical Corvette remarks at a press convention asserting his new EV coverage. The president plans to signal an government order calling for 50% of new-car gross sales to be electrified by 2030, however it’s a nonbonding goal quite than a mandate. Plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-electric automobiles may also be counted towards that complete, alongside battery-electric automobiles.
GM was among the many automakers to return out in assist of the 50% gross sales purpose, and has its personal formidable EV plans, primarily based across the new Ultium modular battery system. A report earlier this yr indicated the automaker is mulling a Corvette-badged electrical crossover, possible as a competitor to the Ford Mustang Mach-E. GM has additionally stated it needs all of its light-duty automobiles powered by electrical energy by 2035, and that would come with the Corvette…if the sports activities automotive continues to be round then.