Feeds

GM plumps for long-distance hybrid Cadillac

From concept to production by 2012

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Leccy Tech General Motors (GM) has finally found a home for its dual-mode plug-in hybrid drivetrain, in the shape of a concept Cadillac.

Cadillac_XTS_01

GM's Cadillac XTS Platinum will go from concept to production in 2012

Unveiled at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show, the Cadillac XTS Platinum will form the basis of a very similar model that GM has promised will enter production during 2012.

Unlike existing hybrid systems used in, say, Toyota’s Prius, GM’s dual-mode plug-in hybrid drivetrain has been designed with prolonged electric-only travel and outright performance in mind – instead of simple fuel economy.

Grunt comes from a lithium-ion battery pack – instead of nickel metal hydride – that can be charged from the mains, GM said.

Cadillac_XTS_02

Electric-only drive will move the XTS for 20 miles

GM previously hoped to use the drivetrain in its Saturn Vue back in 2008 and later in a Buick SUV, but both projects have since fallen through.

In its current conceptual form, the Cadillac XTS Platinum couples a 3.5l petrol V6 engine with a two 74bhp (55kW) electric motors and an 8kWh battery pack. Careful driving should allow the car to cover 20 miles without using a single drop of unleaded, GM added.

A two-door Cadillac coupé based around the Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain is also expected to appear in 2013. The Converj was displayed at 2009’s Detroit Motor Show and is known to be a favoured project of GM executive Bob Lutz.

GM_Converj

GM's Converj will hit showrooms in 2013

Register Hardware is keeping its figures crossed that both Cadillac cars make it to Blighty in right-hand setup. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
Almost 20 BEEELION kilometres from Sol
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff
Er, we think our ISS launch beats your fishing expedition
NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM
'What fun!' exlaims NASA boffin who found the LADEE
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army
Railguns for 'Future fighting vehicle'
OK Google, do I have CANCER?
Company talks up pill that would spot developing tumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
How to simplify SSL certificate management
Simple steps to take control of SSL certificates across the enterprise, and recommendations centralizing certificate management throughout their lifecycle.