Video Captures Mary Barra Nodding Yes to the President’s Statement
It’s no secret that General Motors is making a major shift to its fleet from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles, with the goal to be totally electric by 2035. With those plans in place, it’s widely believed that the C9 Corvette will be an electric battery-powered sportscar.
President Joe Biden, who famously has owned a 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible most of his adult life, held an event at the White House this week where he made a non-binding pledge for America’s car manufacturers to make half the USA’s auto fleet powered by electricity by 2030.
In attendance at the event included General Motor’s Chief Executive Marry Barra and Ford CEO Jim Farley.
During his remarks, Biden alluded to the possibility of an electric Corvette and says Mary Barra has promised him that he can drive the first electric Corvette. As he signals her out in the crowd, the video captures her nodding yes to the statement.
While Barra’s reaction to Biden’s statement is not necessarily an admission that the Corvette Team is currently working on an all-electric Corvette sports car, it’s a candid moment that captures the “electrified” sentiment of GM’s future product plans.
According to industry sources however, the first fully electric Corvette might not even be a sports car. Rumors of a Corvette-branded electric SUV are said to be part of GM’s EV push which could arrive as early as 2025.