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An Electric Corvette Has Just Set A Top Speed Record

See, electrification isn't so bad.

The notion of an electric sports car is still something that many enthusiasts find disconcerting. While the majority of people would never give up an American sports car’s glorious engine for an electric powertrain, it looks like an electric Chevrolet Corvette wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Maryland-based Genovation Cars was one of the first companies to create an all-electric Corvette and the specs are imposing. Zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds, a 200 mph top speed and over 700 hp. Apparently, the electric sports car can live up to the hype.

With multi-record holder Johnny Bohmer behind the wheel, the battery-powered C6 Z06 managed to hit 186 mph on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

That run was good enough to put the Genovation GXE all-electric Corvette into the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) record books under the title of "Top Speed Street Legal Electric Car." The record was set on the Corvette’s first day of testing and the company is confident that there’s more in store. While the all-electric Corvette’s performance is incredible, the vehicle does have a daunting price tag. Genovation sells the GXE for $330,000, or $290,000 if you already have a Corvette. The sports car comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, a 44 kWH battery pack and has a claimed range of 150 miles on a full charge. Maybe there is something to this electrification trend after all.

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