Most Corvettes are fast. That’s the whole point. But not all Corvettes can do 209 mph while breaking records because they run purely on—get this, and be ready to horrified if you’re a Corvette purist—electricity. That’s what the Corvettes from Genovation Cars do. And they come from a humble shop in Rockville, Maryland.
The planned $750,000 C7 Grand Sport-based electric car as well as an aspirational all-wheel drive supercar built purely in-house. Tucked in the back of a typically nondescript business park in the D.C. suburb of Rockville, Genovation is run by a fellow called Andrew Saul. Well before the black on black on black Z06 broke an all-electric standing mile record by topping 200 mph on Kennedy Space Center’s 3.2 mile runway, Andrew and his colleagues have been tinkering with electricity. Littering their shop are a half a dozen non-petrol-powered machines.
Genovation got their start building a modified electric Ford Focus, dubbed the G1, meant for fleet use. A local county government was slated to buy a bunch of them when the economy tanked in 2007. After the recession hit, budgets were slashed and the mayor pushing the project was not reelected.
The conversion vehicle industry was also affected when the Nissan Leaf arrived in 2010. Suddenly, you could buy a post-rebate $20,000 EV with a warranty versus spending around the same to convert a used vehicle with no warranty and typically less range.
Some of the G1 Focus prototypes sit under a cover in Rockville and you’ll also find a working electric-converted BMW Z4 taking up some real estate. The small company decided to begin research on producing their own vehicle. The result was a whole lot of data and a wind-tunnel model called the G2 which has a coefficient of drag of just 0.2 Cd. It was through the G2 project that they enhanced their technical capabilities within the industry working with companies like Dana, Metalsa and Tata Technologies.
As they attended conferences and trade shows, it became evident that there was a confluence of new technologies and components that could enable the development of an EV Supercar. So they decided to put the G2 on the shelf and focus their next project on something else: speed.