GM confirms electric Cadillac on the way

The Cadillac ELR will be a two-door luxury coupe with the same extended-range electric powertrain as the Chevy Volt.

The electric Cadillac ELR will use the same propulsion system as the Chevy Volt.
The electric Cadillac ELR will use the same propulsion system as the Chevy Volt. GM

General Motors has officially given the green light to an electrically driven Cadillac called the ELR.

The ELR, which was called the Converj as a concept car, will use the same powertrain system as the Chevy Volt. The car will have a lithium ion battery pack and electric motor to propel the car. When the batteries are running low, a 4-cylinder gas engine kicks in to generate enough charge for the battery to power the motor.

GM said yesterday that development of the ELR is just under way. It will announce details on timing and price later today.

The ELR is a two-door luxury coupe that combines "electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving," Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing, said in a statement.

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