General Motors says it will begin production of the Cadillac ELR, a two-door, plug-in hybrid that uses Chevrolet Volt-like technology, late next year. It will be the production version of the Cadillac Converj concept shown at auto shows in 2009. GM's second plug-in hybrid follows the introduction of the Volt in 2010. The Volt can travel more than 30 miles on electric power before its gasoline engine engages.
Volvo is taking orders in Europe for a diesel plug-in hybrid version of its V60. Volvo says the car can travel about 24 to 27 miles on battery power, and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, thanks to the physics of electric motors. Unlike internal-combustion engines, electric motors achieve maximum torque almost instantly. It's expected to return the equivalent of 124 mpg and it's expected in the U.S. in 2013.
New York Times News Service