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Get Ready for an Electric Cadillac -- the ELR

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The electric car has just gone upscale -- Cadillac announced on Wednesday that its new ELR model will have an electric motor and a small gasoline engine, just like parent company GM's Chevrolet Volt.

According to a news release from Cadillac:

The Cadillac ELR will feature an electric propulsion system made up of a 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 without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the battery’s energy is low, the ELR seamlessly switches to extended-range mode to enable driving for hundreds of additional miles.

The new vehicle is based on the Cadillac Converj Concept, which Caddy calls "a dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology."

“The concept generated instant enthusiasm,” said Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac Marketing. “Like other milestone Cadillac models of the past, the ELR will offer something not otherwise present – the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.”

The news release said since development of the ELR is just underway, "details on performance, price and timing will be announced later."

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