Cadillac has finally confirmed the production of the Converj Concept that was debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The car will be dubbed as the Cadillac ELR instead, and it will be using Chevrolet Volt technology to power the car.
The Cadillac ELR will be powered by electric motor along with a four-cylinder engine-generator. The engine acts as a generator to provide electricity for the motor and a T-shaped lithium ion battery pack. When the battery’s energy reaches around 30 percent, it seamlessly switches to extended-range mode where the engine-generator generates electricity to the motors while charges the battery.
“The concept generated instant enthusiasm,” said Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac Marketing. “Like other milestone Cadillac models of the past, the ELR will offer something not otherwise present – the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.”
“The Converj Concept sparked the idea of combining the desirability of a grand touring coupe with electrification,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design.
In addition to the Cadillac ELR extended-range electric coupe, Cadillac will reveal another new concept car on Thursday, Aug. 18, at its special event before making an appearance at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.