"They say it will do 200 mph", Joe Biden claims. Who are "they"?
Aside from being a long-serving elected official in the US and the former vice president under Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is an avid Corvette fan. Biden's love for his green 1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2 convertible - a wedding gift from his father, who ran a Chevy dealership in Delaware - has been written about before. Happily, we can report that it's still in excellent shape today, more than 50 years after its date of manufacture - only slightly longer than Biden has been involved in politics.
But what really excites the former vice president, possibly even more than his '67 Corvette Sting Ray, is the prospect of a 200-mph electric Corvette.
"I believe that we can own the twenty-first century market again by moving to electric vehicles," Biden says in a new campaign video, speaking on how Detroit's Big Three can lead in what he calls an "iconic" industry. "And by the way, they tell me... that they're making an electric Corvette that can go two hundred miles an hour."
"You think I'm kidding - I'm not kidding," he concludes with a laugh.
If this is true, and the former vice president has the inside scoop on a forthcoming electric Chevrolet Corvette, such a car could be closer to production than we realized. Previously, the most we'd heard on the topic was what chief engineer Tadge Jeuchter stated back in December: that a battery-powered Corvette is an inevitability, "eventually." He didn't disclose a targeted top speed.
So, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the White House might have just blown the lid off of a top-secret vehicle program, and given us a glimpse at what sort of performance the e-Corvette will be chasing. It might even make good sense for GM to push to deliver a pure-electric Corvette soon in order to mount a challenge to the forthcoming second-gen Tesla Roadster - a super-high-performance electric sports car that Tesla says will rocket to 60 mph in just 1.9 mph, and power on to a 250-plus-mph top speed.
We can't wait for Joe Biden's next exclusive automotive scoop.