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Corvette E-Ray: Is Chevy planning an electrified ‘Vette?

Talks of a mid-engined Corvette have swirled for some time now, but how about an EV or hybrid version? According to a post by Chris Doane Automotive, an electrified ‘Vette may very well happen down the road.

Chevrolet has filed automobile trademark claims for the nameplate “E-Ray Corvette” as well as “E-Ray” on its own, which at the very least points to the automaker’s interest in designing an electrified version of its iconic muscle car. Whether it’s a pure EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, show car, or a production vehicle is unknown at this point — in fact Chevrolet may simply be calling dibs on the name to keep others from grabbing it — but it could be the perfect time to expand the Corvette model range.

The next-generation Nissan GT-R is likely to be a 2+2 hybrid, and with electrified vehicles from BMW, Porsche, Acura, and a small indie brand named Tesla constantly making waves, a Corvette E-Ray could fit right in. It’s far too early to predict cost at this point, but considering the potential competitive set, a base price of over $100,000 is certainly not out of the question.

Given the trend, a Corvette E-Ray would likely show up in concept form first at one of the upcoming auto events, the next of which kicks off January 11 in Detroit. CES 2016 also goes down one week prior, and though the tech conference is not purely focused on cars, manufacturers have used the event to debut new products and technologies before.

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