The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is a model of firsts for the beloved sports car nameplate. It’s the first Corvette to feature any sort of electric power, as well as the first one to employ all-wheel drive. Based on the situation that’s been unfolding outside of MacMulkin Chevrolet in Nashua, New Hampshire, it might also be the first Corvette model to cause customers to camp out in front of local dealerships.
According to WMUR, potential Corvette E-Ray customers have been camping outside of MacMulkin Chevrolet since Monday night in an effort to secure a reservation for the electrified sports car. The crowd of Corvette fans has been made up of folks from all across the country, including Tom Biondo from Staten Island, New York. Biondo is a current C8 Stingray owner, but he’s so interested in an E-Ray that he brought tents and air mattresses to the dealership in preparation for orders going live on February 1. Biondo and others even brought heaters to help combat the freezing winter temperatures.
“I’ve been in the retail auto business for 20 years,” MacMulkin Chevrolet sales manager Tony Dillberg told WMUR. “I’ve never seen customers wait outside overnight from any vehicle.”
The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray combines the Stingray’s 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 engine with a single electric motor mounted above the front axle. Total output for the powertrain comes in at 655 hp, which allows the E-Ray to do 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. That’s Z06-besting performance for a slightly more affordable base price of $104,295, including destination.
If any Chevy dealership was going to have radical fans camping outside its door for several winter nights, MacMulkin would rank at the top of that list. MacMulkin Chevrolet is regularly one of the top Corvette dealers in the world when measuring sales volume, and as such, it will be among the first dealers to get their hands on E-Ray allocations. Whether or not these antics actually helped anyone secure a car for themselves, GM should be ecstatic to see E-Ray customers so excited. Perhaps the future of the electrified Corvette is brighter than anticipated.