The announcement comes days after the president of Italian automaker Ferrari said he does not “believe in” electric cars, preferring instead for his company to develop hybrids.
“You will never see a Ferrari electric because I don’t believe in electric cars, because I don’t think they represent an important step forward for pollution or [carbon monoxide] or the environment,” Luca di Montezemolo said in an interview this week with technology website Engadget.
“We are working very, very hard on the hybrid Ferrari,” Montezemolo continued. “This should be the future, and I hope in a couple of years you can see it.”
GM Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn said the Cadillac electric car would be as distinct as the company’s other models.
“There’s no mistaking it for anything but a Cadillac — an aggressive, forward-leaning profile and proportion showcases a uniquely shaped, modern vision of a personal luxury 2+2,” Welburn said in a release.
President Obama and members of Congress have pushed car companies to develop more cars that use alternative fuel and power sources as a way to boost the economy in areas that rely heavily on automaking for jobs.