The Cadillac Converj, an extended range electric vehicle using the same technology as the GM Volt, has been included in a production plan that’s been presented to General Motors’ board of directors, The Detroit News says.
If the Converj reaches production, it would be the third such vehicle for GM. The Volt is still expected to hit the streets in 2010 and the Opel Ampera is scheduled for production in 2011.
The Converj is expected to share the Volt’s powertrain technology, which consists of an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack and a range-extending four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator. The powertrain will provide 120 kW of power and 273 lb-ft of torque.
GM has said that the Volt will be able to go 40 miles on a charge, and more than 400 miles using gasoline and electricity. It’s not known if the Converj will do the same.
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