Cadillac Converj will enter in production image

General Motors is planing to build the Cadillac Converj extended-range electric hybrid concept, order which debuted at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The vehicle will use the same platform and technology developed for the Chevrolet Volt, view which will hit the market at the end of next year.

If the Converj follows the Volt formula, it will be powered exclusively by an electric motor that can go 40 miles on a charge. If the trip lasts longer than 40 miles a gasoline engine will start up to supply power to a generator that will keep the vehicle moving for a total of nearly 300 miles.

GM has given no hints on pricing. Recent reports have indicated that the Volt may cost close to $40,000. A special $7,500 federal tax credit for ultra-efficient vehicles will help defray some of that cost, but it’s still a price tag more comfortable for Cadillac shoppers than the typical Chevrolet customer.

PROTOTYPE SPECIFICATIONS
General
Vehicle type:
2-door, front-wheel-drive 2+2 coupe
Category:
extended-range electric vehicle
Chassis:
independent McPherson struts, front magnetic ride, compound crank twist axle rear, four-wheel disc brakes, full regenerative brakes to maximize energy capture, electric power-assist steering
Seating capacity:
four

Performance
Top speed (mph / km/h):
100 / 161
EV range, city and highway (miles):
Up to 40, based on EPA cycle

Dimensions
Wheelbase (in / mm):
108 / 2742
Length (in / mm):
182 / 4620
Width (in / mm):
74 / 1883
Height (in / mm):
55 / 1386

Battery system
Type:
lithium-ion (w/ liquid-controlled thermal management system)
Energy (kWh):
16
Charge time:
Less than 3 hours at 240V/8 hours at 120V

Electric drive unit
Power (kW):
120
Torque (lb-ft / Nm):
273 / 370

Exterior
Tire size:
specially developed low rolling resistance tires on 21- and 22-inch forged aluminum wheels