Cadillac to build 2014 ELR electric coupe alongside Chevy Volt

General Motors recently confirmed that the Cadillac brand will push through with the production of the ELR electric luxury vehicle at the Detroit-Hamtramck factory in Michigan. It will be using the same line that produces its sibling, the Chevrolet Volt.

GM officially announced that the preparations of the assembly line for the Cadillac ELR is being done. The production of the luxury electric coupe will start before the end of 2013. A recent press release details that the company will spend around $35 million to accommodate the ELR at the Detroit-Hamtramck facility. Aside from the Volt, the plant also assembles the 2013 Malibu for the Chevrolet brand. It is also being set up for the production of the Impala sedan.

The Cadillac ELR will be the first two-door vehicle to be assembled at the factory since the Eldorado under Cadillac back in 1999.

The 2014 ELR will be the production version of the concept vehicle called Cadillac Convert that was shown during the 2009 auto show in Detroit. It is expected to sport the same upgraded Voltec electric powertrain with range extender that is also being used for the Volt.

The lithium ion battery pack will give the vehicle a range of 30-40m miles. An internal combustion engine will switch on after covering that distance, and a generator will turn to generate electricity that will run the motor linked to the front wheels.

The battery pack of the ELR will be manufactured at the battery plant of GM in Browstown, Michigan. The ELR will also be a new body style that will sport the Voltec powertrain after the Volt that was launched in 2010.

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