Cadillac ELR

GM to produce Cadillac "Volt" by end of 2013

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid is based on Cadillac's Converj concept.

Although the Chevy Volt recently posted its best monthly sales ever, the plug-in hybrid will soon face some stiff competition from a new luxury sibling. General Motors announced today that the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid would go into production late next year. The upcoming ELR coupe is based on the Cadillac Converj concept, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009.

Plans for the Cadillac ELR were announced on Tuesday at an industry conference in Detroit. “The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,” said Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president. “People will instantly recognize it as a Cadillac by its distinctive, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.”

Details on the ELR have been sparse thus far, but Cadillac did say that it would contain a T-Shaped battery pack and four-cylinder engine/generator like the Volt. If the Converj concept is any indication, the forthcoming ELR may feature a 120-kilowatt electric motor and four-cylinder engine-generator. GM has not divulged the ELR’s expected fuel economy, but it should be in line with the Converj’s all-electric range of 40 miles.


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This car looks fantastic but I want an all electric vehicle that can go way farther. Please redesign an all electric that can go 300 miles on a single charge. 38 miles is not enough for someone like me who drives more than 110 miles a day. If Tesla can do it with a single speed transmission, why can't GM give us one with a multispeed transmission that will save electricity at highway speeds. Or how about trying to push for hydrogen power? Design a hydrogen generator at home where we can make our own from water and electricity. Come on GM, give us something groundbreaking. I know you have a lot of people who have a lot of good ideas so give them a chance to use their ideas to give the consumer what they want.