Friday, October 14, 2016

Genovation Welcomes Pre-Orders For 205.6-MPH Electric Corvette

Photo Credit: Business Wire

Does $750,000 US electric car sound costly or is it worth it for the world's fastest street legal all-electric car?

Genovation Cars, a small American company based in the state of Maryland, had spent years creating an electric vehicle for the high-performance market. Converting one of the oldest running nameplates into a green supercar, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe was transformed into the Genovation GXE, The GXE emerged as record-setter this past July becoming the quickest public road-worthy electric car 205.6-mile per hour (330.881 kilometers per hour) run at Kennedy Space Center in Florida certified by the International Mile Racing Association, On the same week as reports that Audi pulled the plug on its R8 e-tron supercar after a very short construction run, Genovation has started accepting orders for its intended limited production vehicle.

At a cost of $750,000 in the currency of Canada's southern neighbour (translating to approximately $990,239 Canadian dollars), the price of the Genovation GXE equates to roughly 10 times the price of a well-equipped Chevrolet Corvette. The additional price incorporates the  More powerful than a current Corvette ZO6, the GXE's twin electric motor setup delivers a maximum output rated at 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Technical details of the battery pack was not released but is said to provide the car with enough charge to propel the vehicle for 130 miles. This complete power assembly for the Genovation GXE is positioned for 50/50 weight distribution as well as for a low center of gravity to maximum driving performance and handling.

A rarity on an electric car (also being found less on current performance cars) is the seven-speed conventional manual transmission found in gasoline-powered Corvette. Available through a typical console shifter or with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Genovation Cars explains the gearbox remained to promote a desired level of acceleration for the GXE. The seven-speed transmission also creates a hands-on sports car driving sensation not easily found in present electric vehicles.  

Genovation will produce just 75 examples of the 205.6-mile per hour GXE with each vehicle built to the specific tastes of its owner. Keys for the first Genovation GXE are expected to be passed to buyers by late 2019.

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