The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is promoted as a performance enhancer rather than a planet-saving hybrid. Performance-wise, the E-Ray was tested to be on par with the Z06, both reaching 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and running a quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 128.0 mph. The E-Ray is heavier than the Z06 due to the electric motor and batteries, with a weight of 3,912 pounds, impacting braking and cornering performance.
The electric motor provides an extra boost during acceleration, making the E-Ray feel substantially quicker than a Stingray, especially when pushing it to its limits. The electric motor contributes to fuel economy improvements by spending more time in V-4 cylinder-deactivation mode during cruising. The E-Ray’s electric motor adds complexity but lacks significant EV-only driving capability, with EV modes accessible only when the car is parked and turned off. The car’s small battery size and quick recharge make it challenging to deplete during real-world driving.
Priced at $112,095 to start, the E-Ray is more expensive than a standard Stingray but offers performance gains, potential fuel economy benefits, and all-wheel drive advantages. Despite being a performance-focused hybrid, the E-Ray may face challenges justifying its price compared to the significantly cheaper Stingray, but it appeals to those seeking both performance and fuel efficiency.