GM announces electric Corvette and Ultium Energy Recovery to boost range and efficiency

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General Motors (GM) announced today it will be adding two new versions of the Corvette to its lineup. One will be hybrid-electric, while the other will be an all-electric version of the iconic sports car.

GM President Mark Reuss revealed the news on LinkedIn saying the hybrid version will be offered “as early as next year,” but provided no timeline for when enthusiasts will be able to get behind the wheel of the Ultium-based electric Corvette.

Reuss also didn’t provide specs for either vehicle, noting that they will be released, along with the names, “at a later date.”

The automaker did release this short video titled “Corvette: Electrified.”

Ultium Energy Recovery

The electric Corvette wasn’t the only news released by Reuss today. He also spoke about their new Ultium energy recovery system (aka heat pump) that will use the heat waste generated by the EV batteries and even the passengers to make the car more efficient.

“[It can] warm the cabin, create more efficient charging conditions, and even increase vehicle acceleration. And it can boost the vehicle’s range by about 10%. Further, it can also capture and use humidity from both inside and outside the vehicle, including body heat from passengers.”

The feature will be standard in all Ultium-based EVs, including those already on the road like the Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq.

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