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 Post subject: Flint to supply engine for Cadillac ELR
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:56 pm 
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The Cadillac ELR is going to have a piece of Vehicle City under its hood.The Cadillac ELR that will use extended-range electric technology similar to the Chevrolet Volt will have a powertrain built from Flint Engine Operations when it goes into production in late 2013, General Motors Co. spokesman Tom Wickham said.

The vehicle, like the Volt, will be built at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.
GM announced plans to produce and build the Volt in October at the 2012 SAE Conference.

The Volt operates with a battery pack, switching to a 1.4-liter, gasoline engine once the electrical power is drained.

The ELR will operate the same way, using a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit and a four-cylinder engine-generator.

The lithium-ion battery will be built at GM's Brownstown Battery Assembly plant in Brownstown. The same facility makes the lithium-ion battery for the Volt.

The impact on employment of producing the engine train for the Cadillac at Flint Engine Operations will depend on the volume of vehicles, said Wickham, adding the work performed at the plant allows flexibility to build for multiple platforms.

The Volt is produced at a lower volume than better-selling vehicles like the Sonic and Cruz, he said.

Producing more vehicles powered by electric technology is an integral part of the automaker's global strategy, according to report by Reuters.
The London-based news service is reporting GM plans to build up to 500,000 vehicles a year that include some form of electric power for propulsion.

Wickham declined to comment if those plans would have a local impact, stating many of the vehicles being already produced by the automaker already include a variety of hybrid or enhanced capabilities for fuel efficiency.

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