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GM Unveils New Cadillac Extended Range Electric Vehicle Concept; “Voltec” Platform

11 January 2009

GM unveiled another extended range electric vehicle concept—the Cadillac Converj Concept—at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The four-passenger Converj concept is intended to show how GM’s extended range electric propulsion technology—which the company now calls “Voltec”—can power a luxury coupe. The Converj offers up to 40 miles of all-electric driving.

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The Cadillac Converj Concept. Click to enlarge.

Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Cadillac Converj’s Voltec electric propulsion system comprises a 16-kWh, T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator. It uses electricity as its primary source to drive the car.

A liquid-cooled battery pack contains more than 220 lithium-ion cells. Recharge time is less than 3 hours at 240V, or about 8 hours from a 120V outlet.

The front wheel electric drive unit delivers 120 kW of power, and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque. Top speed is 100 mph.

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Okay. Big deal. It looks nice. It's another step toward electrification of transport. But can't we get back to the bailout discussions?

Looks like some genius figured out that no one is going to pay $40,000 for an hybrid with a Chevrolet label.

Let's see...

2010 Plug In Prius = 7 mile AER
2010 Honda Insight = 0 mile AER
2010 Volt Hybrid = 40 mile AER

Do I really want to quit petroleum or just pay lip service?

Volt MSRP $37,000. less $7,500 tax credit, dealer incentives and GMAC financing would bring the total around $28,000.00 - a sweet spot and reasonable for a vehicle that 80% consumers would not have to purchase a drop of gasoline for.

Things are looking good.

Volt at $28,000? In the realm of possibility I suppose, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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