Cadillac ELR photos: Company unveils first electric car at North American International Auto Show



DETROIT -- Cadillac is unveiling their first electric vehicle, the Cadillac ELR at the North American International Auto Show.

The vehicle, which is based on the same Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology as the Chevy Volt, will make its debut at 10:05 am. The vehicle is based on the Converj Concept that was unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.

Cadillac projects the ELR will have a range of 300 miles when you combine the electric drive and the range-extending generator. However, the company says most daily commutes will not require the car to flip over the the range-extending generator.

The ELR will also feature a number of Cadillac luxury systems, including the CUE voice recognition system with Navigation and an advanced suspension system.



DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says production is set to begin late next year on a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid.

The automaker said Tuesday the Cadillac ELR will be assembled at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. That plant makes the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera and Holden Volt.

The Cadillac will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. It's based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept car unveiled in 2009 at the Detroit auto show.

GM North America President Mark Reuss said in a statement that the car is "further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology."

The company will invest $35 million at the plant, which hasn't produced a two-door car since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.

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