Unveiled a year ago, the Cadillac Converj Concept will see its way into production, as confirmed by Bob Lutz. The vehicle is based on the Chevy Volt and featured a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 120 kW (161 hp) motor in its concept form. These are likely to get carried over to the production version. The motor puts out 273 lb-ft of torque. A 1.4-liter four cylinder will kick in once the Converj has driven past its 40-mile electric range.
Despite the announcement of the Converj, Lutz believes electric cars may be a fad. He commented, “There are always these waves in the popular media and the public, and right now it’s teensy-weensy cars and electric vehicles. And I’m all for it because we’re going to have those, and I hope people buy a lot of them so we can make some money.”
Lutz didn’t confirm exactly when the Converj will be ready, giving a rough launch of 2013 or 2014 and stating: “You’ll see it when you see it. We have to slot it into the product lineup.” [via WorldCarFans]