By Drew Johnson
Monday, Nov 9th, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
 
General Motors has reportedly given the green light to a production version of the company's Cadillac Converj concept. The Converj - which shares its electric drive system with the upcoming Chevrolet Volt - debuted in concept form at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

According to The Detroit News, General Motors has given the production nod to the Cadillac Converj. Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Converj promises 40 miles of all electric propulsion, with a small gas engine onboard to extend overall range to a few hundred miles. The news was reportedly announced in a presentation to board members on November 2.

Although GM has yet to officially confirm the Converj project, the electric-powered coupe has been rumored for production for several months now. The Detroit automaker has spent over $1 billion developing the Volt's revolutionary range-extending system and is keen on spreading that cost over several models. The Cadillac badge would also help to defray more of the costs as it could command a higher retail price than the Chevy branded Volt. GM has already announced an Opel-badged version of the Volt - dubbed the Ampera - for 2011.

It remains to be seen if the Converj will grow two-rear doors for production, but GM marketing head Bob Lutz has indicated that should the Converj make production it would closely mirror its concept counterpart - following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Camaro. No word on when the Converj will hit Cadillac dealerships, but we don't expect to see the range-extending plug-in hybrid until at least 2012.