Cadillac just unveiled its version of the Chevy Volt today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show - the 2014 Cadillac ELR! The ELR draws its inspiration from the Cadillac Converj concept that was unveiled back in 2009. In addition to its electric powertrain, the Cadillac ELR's exterior establishes a new, progressive proportion for the brand while the interior introduces a new design theme that will define future Cadillac models.
The ELR is powered by GM EREV technology that is uniquely tuned for Cadillac in the ELR. It combines pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable of generating 207 horsepower. The ELR’s battery is a T-shaped, 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The 5.5-foot-long, 435-pound pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit that generates 295 lb.-ft. of instant torque to propel the vehicle. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 35 miles of pure electric driving.
Charging the ELR’s battery can be done with a 120V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about 4.5 hours using a 240V outlet. In all-electric mode the ELR emits very little noise, so the ELR features, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians, particularly those with visual impairments, in an intersection.
Inside the ELR has room for up to four passengers and features Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system and a Bose 10-channel audio system with active noise cancellation. It also gets advanced active safety features, including Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, along with available Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.
“ELR marks a fresh, even surprising new dimension of Cadillac,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “An additional aspect of ELR’s appeal to will be exclusivity. It will be a specialized offering produced in limited numbers.”
ELR production begins in the United States in late 2013 with sales starting in early 2014 in North America and expanding to global markets including China and Europe.