A Maryland-based company called Genovation is in the process of swapping out the dirty small block Chevy V8 for a clean, quiet electric motor in a Corvette; they call it the G-Vette. In keeping with the company’s green philosophy, custom body panels are being made from carbon fiber and soy-based resin, while the carpet and floor mats will be made from recycled plastic bottles. This will not only be good for the environment, but will also help reduce weight and maximize the vehicle’s range. The G-Vette’s all-aluminum frame will be the same as that used for stock Z06’s and ZR1’s. The body is being fabricated by Pennsylvania’s Advanced Composite Products, which specializes in modifying Corvettes. A rolling model should be completed soon. When the rolling model is finished, Genovation will add its own electric traction motor, battery pack and safety systems. Both horsepower and foot-pounds of torque are expected to be in the range of 600, while range is estimated at an ambitious 200 miles (321.87 km). Genovation is also working on a commuter vehicle of its own design, the G2 as shown in the picture below. The two-door, four-seater will be primarily electric, but a bio-ethanol or biodiesel range-extending generator will be available as an option. Using battery power alone, the company is claiming an expected range of at least 100 miles. Phase 1 prototyping of the car has been farmed out to a company called Tata Technologies.
Just as the G-Vette will be a test bed for future models, Genovation is currently using an electric-converted Ford Focus – the G1 – to try out components for use in the G2. It is also in the process of creating a long-range version of the test car, the G1R. Genovation definitely seems to be on the cutting edge of electric car technology.