Electric cars are expected to change the way we drive and cut down on global consumption of petroleum products. While that’s obviously a good thing, the biggest stumbling block so far has been in the making of efficient and reliable batteries. Moreover, manufacturers are still working to cut down on the overall weight of the chassis and body to make the cars more power efficient. One of the manufacturers that are expected to make a hue contribution in that regard is Gernovation. In this article, we are going to look at what to expect from their debut electric car.
Genovation is an engineering skunkworks from Rockville, Maryland. It has ventured into electric cars production with its Corvette EV sports car being it first car. According to the reports it released recently, the car will debt during the coming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show.
The Corvette EV, which they refer to as the Genovation Extreme Electric (GXE), will have a top speed of 209 mph, if its February 2017 tests are anything to go by. Moreover, it was able to attain a standing mile speed of 190.4 mph, to set a record in the electric cars category. Consumers have shown interest in electric cars that can approach the cruise speeds and range of cars powered by gas engines. This is expected because of a desire for a smooth transition from the more powerful gas powered engines.
The GXE will use the C7 Corvette Grand Sport as its donor, even though the prototype was derived from the C6 Corvette Z06 model. Furthermore, the car will stand out because of its unique visual treatment that include a revised front bumper, and rounded taillights. Genovation chose to use the Corvette as a donor to acknowledge American Engineering and to take advantage of its lightweight frame.
Only about 75 Corvette EV will be built in total, with a price tag of $750,000. While that’s obviously a steep price tag, for an electric car, you will need to pay more to get the same performance from cars such as Rimac Comcept_One. Such brands are yet to come down from the million-plus price tag, and they are likely to stay that way for a while. The GXE is powered by two electric motors that deliver a peak of 800 horsepower and a torque of 700 pound-feet. To create a balanced weight distribution, the motors are position at the back and front of the cars in a ratio of 50:50. However, they only drive the rear wheels, and you have an option to choose a 7-speed manual transmission. The standard versions have an automatic transmission.
The body is expected to be made of aluminum or carbon fiber to cut down on the overall weight, without having any structural weaknesses. Furthermore, using a carbon fiber body will mean that we don’t have to worry about corrosion, which is a driving force in the depreciation of cars. While steel is a budget material for making heavy-duty vehicle bodies, steel has proved to be unpopular for use in electric cars because of its excessive weight. We therefore don’t expect to see it being used by manufacturers such as Genovation.
Some of its highlights are an acceleration of 0 to 60 in 3 seconds, and a maximum speed of 220 mph. While there are no details on the battery capacity, we estimate that it will provide about 60-kilowatt-hour capacity, and will make use of carbon fiber wheels top cut down on excess weight. Genovation is expected to start making deliveries of the GXE as from 2019. Once Genovation sells all the Corvette EV, it hopes to use the funds raised to make a budget sports car, which will go buy the model name G2.
Genovation is working to create affordable cars that will have the same competitive advantage as the well known as the gas-powered Toyota cars. Cars that you can buy on a budget, yet still find them to be reliable and easy to maintain. While that has proved to be a tall order for most carmakers, Geneova seems to be on to something. We expect that with more research, they will be able to meet the expected electric car demand as we advance into the mid 21 century. We hope that you have found this article to be informative, and you will enjoy driving your Corvette EV.