We’ve been waiting for the 2020 Corvette Owner’s Manual and now that it’s here, we are finding some interesting illustrations that point to future a C8 Corvette Hybrid model that Chevrolet may be working on.
According to page 244 of the manual, there is a secondary fuse block that resides under the interior waterfall that separates the driver and passenger seats. The fuse block contains a variety of various sized fuses, but for this conversation, focus on #7 and #12.
The #7 fuse is a Power Sounder Module/Pedestrian Friendly Alert Function. This is actually the same label as Fuse #34 in the Chevy Bolt. Whereas the Power Sounder Module is the intrusion alarm, the Pedestrian Friendly Alert Function gives EV cars a sound that can alert pedestrians who might not see the EV. (I always imagined it would sound like a flying car from the Jetson’s, but actually it’s much worse!)
In position #12 the manual shows a Lithium-ion battery module. The Chevy Bolt doesn’t have this component and after reviewing a Chevy Bolt manual, the C8 is missing a fuse for a Rechargeable energy storage system, so it’s not quite the same tech as the Bolt. However, these are two different types of hybrid systems as we believe the C8 Corvette would use its electric power for quick performance boosts and not long-range electric power like the Bolt.
The rumor about the hybrid Corvette is that a battery pack will reside within the C8’s center tunnel and an electric motor that powers the two front wheels will take up the space in the front trunk. We’ve been hearing that such a set up would effectively create an All-Wheel-Drive Corvette with an estimated 200 hp generated from the electric motor. It’s also a set up that could be featured on all models of the C8 from the Stingray to ZORA or ZR1 model.
Although Chevrolet denies it, there is a curious fleet of still-camouflaged C8 Corvette prototypes driving in public that are sporting several electrical and cutoff switches as well as 2021 VINs. We’ve featured them several times over the last few months:
So what do you think of a hybrid C8 Corvette with an estimated 200 hp at the front wheels? Would such a set-up have you sold on a first-ever hybrid Corvette? Let us know in the comments below!