Cadillac ELR Hits the Showrooms in Time for ChristmasWednesday, December 18, 2013 8:38 by Arman Barari
The first batch of production Cadillac ELRs are on their way to the dealerships, just in time for the Holiday season, so you can ring in the New Year with a green luxury car in hope to have a low-emission year. Caddy just couldn’t resist using the Santa Claus cliché, and you know, it’s actually rather nice.
The ELR marks the return of Cadillac production at Detroit-Hamtramck after a two-year hiatus. Employees last built the Cadillac DTS large sedan from 2006 to 2011. It is currently the most technologically-advanced car Cadillac produces. Well, it’s a Chevy Volt underneath and Cadillac just bolts on their own body and interior, but still.
Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Vehicle featuring an electric motor that provides the propulsion, and a small gasoline engine that acts as a generator for that motor, topping up its batteries when they get low on juice. This way the electric car can cover a distance of 300 miles (480 km) using a tiny bit of fuel and emitting a negligible amount of CO2.
The ELR’s battery is a T-shaped, 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It is 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. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver a GM-estimated range of about 35 miles (56 km) of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature.
Cadillac ELR’s 2+2 layout features a blend of carefully selected materials, including available carbon fiber and ultra-premium Opus semi-aniline leather seating. It is nothing short of a top of the line luxury coupe inside.