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 |  Aug 02 2012, 2:30 PM

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac’s Converj concept will be seeing its way as a production car named the Cadillac ELR. By using some touched up elements from GM’s innovative Chevrolet Volt, the ELR is expected to add a much needed touch of luxury to electric vehicles.

“The ELR will take advantage of the baseline propulsion system that the Chevy Volt pioneered,” says David Caldwell of Cadillac Communications. “There could be some minor differences in the final product as it’s still in development. But the ELR is destined to use EREV (extended range electric vehicle) tech in a similar fashion.”

By using an extended range electric powertrain the ELR will get a significant range advantage on the other vehicles on this list.

“Extended-range electric propulsion means that the car is capable of total driving range much like any conventional vehicle – with the majority of typical daily driving using only battery power,” said Caldwell. “If and when the battery depletes, the small on-board engine activates to achieve total range far in excess of “battery-only” cars.”

The ELR will feature more Cadillac tech, in the form of the CUE infotainment system, which debuted on the Cadillac XTS sedan.

The ELR is an eagerly anticipated vehicle, since its yet another stylish coupe from the American brand. Expect it within 18-24 months. Details are still scarce on the ELR, and there are no estimates for ranges, but Chevy’s Volt is able to travel 38 miles before the on board engine kicks in to provide more range. In total, the Volt is able to travel 382 miles. It will be interesting to see how the range changes when the technology is used in Cadillac’s coupe.