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The Corvette rumor mill is roaring into action as General Motors has filed a trademark application for the "Corvette E-Ray" moniker.

Designed for use on automobiles, the trademark suggests the company could be working on a high-tech Corvette with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric powertrain.  Nothing can be certain at this point but it appears the model could be based on the current Corvette Stingray as the Corvette E-Ray name seems to be a play on words.

It's not clear how the system would work but previous reports have suggested the next-generation Corvette could be offered with a hybrid powertrain that uses an electric motor to power the front wheels.  This would give the car an all-wheel drive system which would be a first for the model.

We're taking everything with a grain of salt at this point but Karl-Friedrich Stracke hinted at the possibility of a hybridized Corvette back in 2010.  At the time, he said “You could keep a normal powertain configuration for a small amount of very excited car enthusiasts and turn 80 to 90 percent of your sports-car portfolio to hybridization.”

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office via Car & Driver

Gallery: GM files for Corvette E-Ray trademark, could hint at an EV or plug-in hybrid

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