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Cadillac's Converj adds some spice to the Volt platform

The Chevrolet Volt has been the talk of the town at General Motors for the past two years. The vehicle was first unveiled as a concept two years ago at the Detroit Auto Show. After over a year and a half of development, GM finally unveiled the production Volt to an anxious public.

The Volt, which is likely to be priced north of $40,000 before applicable government tax credits, can travel forty miles on battery power alone. After the initial 40-mile battery range is depleted, the car turns on its gasoline engine/generator to boost the total driving range to 360 miles.

GM is now looking to spread the wealth by giving one of its more upscale brands a vehicle based on the already impressive Volt platform. The lucky recipient this time around is Cadillac and the car is called the Converj. The Converj uses the same powertrain as the Volt, so the performance and economy ratings of the vehicles should be identical -- the Converj, however, does have a much more attractive exterior design.

Whereas the production Volt is considered by most to be rather plebian in design, the Converj is definitely more dynamic with its low-slung shape. The two-door, four-seat coupe seems to borrow from both the Cadillac Cien Concept from seven years ago and the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept which was unveiled last year.

This is how Cadillac describes the design of the Converj:

Cadillac’s extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) concept has a new body style that is an evolution of the brand’s traditional Art and Science design theme. An aggressive, forward-leaning arc profile is the foundation for the sporting stance. And more than a Cadillac in form, Converj is also intended to be a Cadillac in substance, with the premium materials, technology and driving dynamics that are hallmarks of the brand.

In keeping with the concept nature of the vehicle, the Converj features large 21" wheels in the front and slightly larger 22" wheels in the back. An all-glass roof is littered with solar panels which help to power the vehicle's many accessories, while OLEDs are used to light the Converj's instrument panel. The Converj also makes use of LED headlights.

"Vertical lamps are Cadillac signatures and the Converj builds on the brand’s light pipe technology with bolder light emitting diode (LED) and high-intensity discharge elements front and rear," adds Cadillac global design director Clay Dean. "There is also a unique daylight light ‘spear’ at the top of the headlamps."

"It’s a logical extension of our plan to reinvent the automobile," said GM's Bob Lutz. "It clearly shows what a Cadillac electric vehicle could look like, and clearly indicates that global luxury customers can have a car that has both strong design and electric propulsion with a total range of hundreds of anxiety-free miles."

It remains to be seen whether a vehicle like the Converj will end up being in the Cadillac family, but one thing is certain -- if the vehicle does make it to production, it will be priced much higher than the $40,000+ cost of entry for the Volt.



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RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By TSS on 1/11/2009 6:48:02 PM , Rating: 1
actually you raise an interesting point. what would be the mileage, or rather the cost of driving the volt?

if you can go 40 miles on a charge of 16 KW/h (afterall that's the capacity of the battery pack right?), and the average electricity cost in the US is 11.94 cents per KW/h (http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table...
it'll cost you $1.9404 for 40 miles.
(on average. idaho costs 7,3 cents and hawaii 37 cents per KW/h).

gas is currently on an average of $1.684 per gallon.
(http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publ...

this would mean that if you can get a car with 40 miles to the gallon, it's cheaper to drive. hell a civic would do the job, and it'll be $20,000 cheaper. and refueling takes alot less time.

if that isn't bad enough, obama has big plans to go wind and solar so you already know that electricity isn't gonna come down any time soon. new coal/nuclear plants might do that, but not wind and a bit o sunlight.

yes, it *is* all better for the enviroment. if energy is generated at a single place instead of all over the place, it's easyer to contain the emissions. plus, no more gas is used for getting the gas to the pumps. however the battery's are less enviromental friendly, the grid will have to be upgraded + additional power lines to gas stations + additional electiricty will need to be generated driving up cost.

i wanna save the world too, preferably today. but right now the US economy is in shambles, *last years* deficit already was 500 billion, and obama is planning huge spending on *solar and wind* power.

it's a good thing to leave to our children, a nice and clean world. however they will be so swamped in work to pay off their debt that they won't even notice it. or freezing without a home (yes freezing, since global warming didn't happen. not enough emissions or something).

just my 3 cents (damn you, inflation!)


RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By Hoser McMoose on 1/11/2009 10:19:25 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
if you can go 40 miles on a charge of 16 KW/h (afterall that's the capacity of the battery pack right?)

For reliability reasons the Volt only uses 8kWh worth of energy from it's 16kWh battery pack (30% to 80% charge), so cut your cost in half.


RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By Tsuwamono on 1/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By taber on 1/12/2009 2:57:29 AM , Rating: 4
It's good the Discovery channel has given you the ability to definitively predict the future. I'm not debating global warming with you, but you should learn how to properly use "its" before you go around calling people stupid:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/its

I believe you were looking for:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/it%27s

Just because a word makes it through the spell check doesn't mean it's right, that part takes personal intelligence.


RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By superflex on 1/12/2009 1:22:23 PM , Rating: 1
The discovery Channel is a great source of unbiased news, especially when it comes to gasp... global warming. /sarcasm

Next try referencing wikipedia or quoting Julia Louis Dryfus

Baaaaaah


RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By Guyver on 1/12/09, Rating: -1
RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By Maiyr on 1/19/2009 5:54:29 PM , Rating: 1
I almost spewed my drink when I read this ! The guy basing his knowledge on the Discovery Channel is calling someone stupid ? ROFLMAO at you !


RE: 22's in the rear, heh
By Jimbo1234 on 1/12/2009 1:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
"just my 3 cents (damn you, inflation!)"

After that long of a post you're lucky inflation didn't get you up to 5 cents.


By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 1/13/2009 11:47:55 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, $500M USD national debt. Those were the good old days. In fact, the debt for 2007 was $9B USD, and for 2008, $10B USD.


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