Lutz: Cadillac Converj is one potential future application for the Voltec system

Cadillac Converj Concept

The 2009 Cadillac Converj Concept, which made its debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, is one of the best looking concepts we’ve seen from General Motors. During a live chat today with Bob Lutz, a question about utilizing the Voltec platform from the Chevrolet Volt on other vehicles was asked.

Not giving away too much information, Lutz said that there are several potential applications that are currently being studied.

“Without being specific (and I know you’d like me to be), there are several potential future applications that we are currently studying,” Lutz said. “You did see the Cadillac Converj concept at the Detroit show. That’s one potential application.”

The Cadillac Converj Concept carries GM’s next-generation Voltec system made up of 16kWh, a T-shaped battery (made up of more than 220 lithium-ion cells), an electric-drive unit and a flex-fuel 4-cylinder engine-generator. That helps produce a total of 161-hp with a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft.

The Converj is able to travel 40 miles on battery power alone, after which an onboard gasoline engine will allow it to travel hundreds of additional miles. Recharging the battery takes less than 3 hours at 240V (about 8 hours from a 120V outlet).

2009 Cadillac Converj Concept:

– By: Omar Rana