Rendering: Cadillac ELR ConvertibleFriday, February 1, 2013 16:26 by Arman Barari
Cadillac ELR is designed to be a proper luxury electric car. Underneath it’s a Chevy Volt, but everything you see and touch looks and feels like an expensive car, like a Cadillac. It is a nice blend of luxury and green motoring. How could it be better? That’s obvious… if it was a convertible!
Auto designer Theophilus Chin has already come up with his own version of a convertible ELR, and we have to say it looks pretty awesome. The idea makes sense too. Why shouldn’t we have a normal drop-top EV? And Tesla Roadster doesn’t count because that’s an expensive sports car. A convertible ELR can be a swell cruiser; quiet and comfortable, stylish and fun. Cadillac should do it.
The Cadillac 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 (1.6 m), 435-pound (198 kg) pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 295 lb.-ft. of instant torque (400 Nm) to propel the vehicle.