Cadillac ELR was among our most favorite new cars of this year’s Detroit Motor Show, simply because it proves mainstream green cars can be cool. It takes a Chevy Volt and dresses it up in a fancy suit. It has an old-school approach to luxury. Cadillac hasn’t lost its touch!
Underneath, the ELR is an Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV); a technology that provides a full driving range exceeding 300 miles (480 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending generator, in the form of a 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 154 kW (207 HP).
Just like the Volt, Caddy ELR uses 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. They can also be charged via a plug.
Check out the ELR breaking cover for the first time at NAIAS:
“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.”