The idea of GM spinning off the Corvette into a brand has been around in the past. However, the last 24 hours or so have seen the internet being swept off its feet with reports of a standalone ‘Vette label that would see the iconic two-door joined by a sedan and an SUV—all EVs—in 2025. So why not go all in and add other derivatives, such as a semi and a pickup truck, to the extended ‘Vette family as a digital exercise?
So far, General Motors has said nothing in reply to the said stories. However, GM had previously stated that a battery-powered Corvette is in the works. In fact, earlier this month, GM President Mark Reuss let it slip that an electric C8 offering “incredible performance” is scheduled to land in 2025. Then there’s a teaser the automaker delivered back in January 2021 at CES, which seemed to portray an SUV with C8 styling.
You can see where this is going—while GM has stopped short of confirming a full-scale expansion for the Corvette nameplate, this could happen. After all, the number of vehicles based on GM’s new Ultium battery platform keeps growing.
Looking past those built by GM itself, which range from the $30,000 Chevy Equinox EV compact crossover to the upcoming $300,0000 Cadillac Celestiq flagship sedan, examples from outside the company involve machines like the coming-in-2024 Prologue, Honda’s first electric crossover.
Of course, with 2025 also being the date most experts mention when talking about the introduction of the more energy-dense solid-state batteries, if the Corvette EV brand idea does materialize, the vehicles could use this superior technology. However, that would make the E-Vettes, as we’ve decided to call them, pioneers, which sounds good in theory, but is not that simple to implement.
Since we’re talking about one of the most popular names in American automotive history, some enthusiasts are naturally worried about the purity of the potential battery-powered Corvette SUV and sedan mentioned in the reports.
We’d love to tell them that such vehicles will at least handle well for their segments and ultimately prove to be hot sellers, both of which apply to the somewhat similar case of the Ford Mustang Mach E (here’s the Blue Oval’s electric crossover drag racing the C8 Corvette, by the way). But we have nothing to base our statement on.
A Corvette Semi and Pickup?
Even so, we can all have a good giggle before GM decides to shed some light on the matter. And we’re not the only ones turning to this coping mechanism. Case in point with digital label automotive.ai, run by an enthusiast who used an artificial intelligence image generator to answer the question in the intro.
The result is a complete family of Corvette EV models, which you can check out in the image gallery. We’ll quickly go past the city cars and the crossovers—while the AI didn’t quite come up with results that go easy on the eyes, the sheer idea of a Corvette name expansion tends to sound better when applied to more hardcore machines. And we’ve got our fair share of those, namely the Corvette Semi and Pickup Truck we mentioned in the title.
Of course, Tesla is the e-lephant (we had to try) in the room here. Sure, deliveries of its Semi are set to kick off tomorrow, December 1st. But perhaps people would more easily overlook the initial delivery start announcement made back in 2017 if they had a set-in-stone date for the similar situation of the Cybertruck. Also postponed, the electric pickup will probably land in 2023 (some months ago, Elon Musk stated that the Cybertruck will enter production “hopefully next year”).
Nevertheless, once things get underway with both the Semi and the Cybertruck, these issues will most likely be left behind. After all, the competition between the Palo Alto company and traditional automakers like GM should only benefit consumers.