The new Cadillac ELR, a luxurious extended-range electric coupe based on the 2009 Cadillac Converj concept
, will enter production at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in late 2013.
It will be the first two-door car built at the plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.
Detroit-Hamtramck is the only U.S. automotive manufacturing plant that mass produces extended-range electric vehicles. The Chevrolet Volt
, Opel Ampera (for Europe), and Holden Volt (for Australia and New Zealand) are also built there.
Powered by a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, the Cadillac ELR initially operates in full electric mode and seamlessly switches to a gasoline-powered electric generator when the battery’s energy is low, allowing drivers hundreds of additional kilometres.
Prices and specifications have yet to be announced; however, based on Converj numbers, expect the ELR to offer an electric range of 64 kilometres and a top speed of 160 km/h.