A small company in Maryland, committed to “building advanced green vehicles,” is putting the final touches on an all-electric Corvette Z06.
Genovation Cars doesn’t make a habit out of electrifying sports cars. Its G2 two-door (pictured below) was created and built in-house, and is available as either a battery electric or a plug-in hybrid. When progress stalled on moving the G2 into production, the company said it turned to the smaller, more affordable Corvette project.
“I think even the most avid Corvette enthusiast will be impressed,” said Genovation CEO Andrew Saul.
His company repurposed a 2006 Corvette Z06 to build the Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE), which is expected to have a range of 150 miles.
“We are using state of the art inverters, batteries and electric motors that will produce in excess of 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque,” Saul said. “We expect the car to achieve 0-60 mph in around three seconds and have a top speed of over 200 mph. And, most of the parts are designed and built in America.”
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Few other details or specs have been released, including motor and battery size. Not even the paint color is known – the above photo of a conventional 2006 Z06 merely represents what Genovation started with.
Final touches are getting finished on the car now, and the team plans to have it finished by the end of the month. It has been a long time coming to get this Corvette on the road – Genovation first started working on the overhaul in 2012, and has been mostly quiet about the project until now.
Residents near Rockville, Md., where Genovation is based, should keep their eyes out next month when a three-week testing phase begins. After that, the company plans to take the GXE to area racetracks in an attempt to break the speed record for a street legal test car, which is currently set at 177 mph.