Bob Lutz, GM, at the 2010 Detroit auto show

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI – Robert A. “BobLutz is a vice chairman at General Motors Company

Lutz talks about the Cadillac that was unveiled at the Detroit auto show.

Why Cadillac?

Will General Motors have a problem with the supply of the battery, like Toyota has said they would.

A group of Senators were at the show. Did Lutz talk to them?

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About the Cadillac XTS Platinum Concept:

Plug-in hybrid system is matched with a 3.6L V-6 and all-wheel drive for dynamic and efficient performance.
The XTS Platinum concepts plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (PHEV) builds on the experience Cadillac has gained with the Escalade Hybrid and Escalade Platinum Hybrid flagship models. The plug-in capability boosts the cars electric-only driving capability, offering additional battery energy capacity and enabling it to recharge from a standard external electrical outlet. The key benefit of external plug-in recharging is that in many situations “ such as overnight parking “ the battery can fully recharge in roughly five hours while the car is not in use. The plug-in system operates at maximum efficiency when operating on power the battery has drawn from the electric grid. In some conditions, such as urban commutes, drivers can experience efficiency that doubles that of conventional hybrids.

At higher speeds or when conditions demand it, such as brisk acceleration, a combination of engine power and electric power or engine power only, propels the vehicle. The combination of the Direct Injection V-6 engine and the PHEV system featuring fully electric variable drive provides a spirited driving experience. The system provides an estimated 350 horsepower (260 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.