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News: Is an Electric Camaro in the Works?

In a recent teaser video (below), General Motors teased a silhouette of upcoming vehicles based on their new BEV3 electric platform. As you would expect, most of the teases were of a wide range of different sized SUVs, the upcoming Hummer EV pickup truck, and what appears to be a low slung sports car.

Now will this new electric Camaro be like the Ford “Mustang” Mach-E? Probably not. From the teaser video, the sports car body sits significantly lower than some of the other, smaller vehicles that were teased. So rejoice sports car fans, Chevrolet does not appear to be putting the Camaro nameplate on a crossover SUV. Huzzah!

But the other question is; do we want an electric Camaro? 

Currently (here in North America) the Chevrolet Camaro is available with 4 different engine options. There’s the base 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 275 hp. There’s the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 with 335 hp. Then there’s the two V8 engines. One naturally aspirated with 455 hp and one that’s supercharged with 650 hp. So where would the all-electric Camaro fit?

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Unfortunately, the electric Camaro could possibly be the only option in the future. There have been rumors in the past that the current 6th generation of Camaro could be the last. It would make sense that an electric only option to the Camaro would be all that’s left because developing one all-electric and one gasoline powered platform would be a huge R&D investment. And with fewer and fewer sports car sales relatively compared with crossovers and SUVs, it’s not a financial burden that GM will take. 

But that doesn’t mean that the electric Camaro will be slow. The new BEV3 electric platform that GM recently revealed will be flexible enough to accommodate subcompact crossover SUVs to full-size SUVs and even pickup trucks. Furthermore, the BEV3 will be configurable to front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel drive with high performance models that can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds. It utilizes new Ultium batteries that will range in capacity from 50 kWh to 200 kWh and deliver up to 640 km, or more, of usable range on a single charge. So from a performance perspective, the electric Camaro should perform like a Camaro.

So the question is, do you want an all-electric Chevrolet Camaro?


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