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New Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Luxury Vehicle Gets a Rundown – Video 16
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Cadillac ELR, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac ELR, Editorial, video on 01 16th, 2013

Branching off of the Chevy Volt’s foundation, GM has injected sport and luxury into their new Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicle. The new ELR, officially revealed earlier this week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show Electrifies onlookers with something that really sets the Cadillac brand apart from everyone else. Below is a rundown video of Bob Ferguson, Alan Taylor and Brandy Schaffels all explaining different highlighted aspects of the all-new Cadillac ELR.

DETROIT, Mich., January 15, 2013 – Cadillac today unveiled the 2014 ELR at the North American International Auto Show. The sleek luxury coupe is a gas-electric hybrid that leverages the Chevrolet Volt’s successful extended range all-electric powertrain.

Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver a GM-estimated range of about 35 miles of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. This means most daily commutes will require zero gasoline with zero emissions.

Charging the ELR’s battery can be done with a 120V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. Once the vehicle is plugged in, owners can schedule either immediate or delayed charges, even coordinating charging according to departure time or when electricity rates are lower.

Because the ELR operates so quietly in all-electric mode, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians, particularly those with visual impairments, in an intersection. The alert was developed in conjunction with the American Federation of the Blind.

The Cadillac ELR has an aggressive, forward-leaning profile that introduces a new design evolution that will be carried over into future Cadillacs. 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.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology.

2014 Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Debuts In Detroit 15
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Cadillac ELR, auto show, Automotive, Cadillac, Electric, featured, Kurt on 01 15th, 2013

2014 Cadillac ELR – image: GM Corp

Like the idea of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric sedan, but want something with a bit more luxury and presence? Your wait will soon be over, as Cadillac is debuting its own version of the GM Voltec drivetrain at this week’s Detroit Auto Show.

Like the Volt, the Cadillac ELR is essentially an electric car. When its 16.5 kWh battery pack is depleted, a 1.4-liter gasoline engine starts up to power a range-extending generator. Like the Volt, range on batteries alone is an estimated 35 miles, condition-dependent. Since Cadillac is expected to deliver better performance, the rated output of the ELR’s drivetrain is upped to 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, up from 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in the Volt.

2014 Cadillac ELR – image: GM Corp

Cadillac has yet to publish performance numbers, but we expect the ELR will be quicker than the Volt’s 9.2 seconds for the run from 0-60 mph. It’s likely that the top speed will be raised above the Volts 100 mph, too, but performance really isn’t the raison d’etre behind the ELR: style is.

2014 Cadillac ELR – image: GM Corp

Outside, the ELR carries on the angular styling of the ATS, CTS and XTS models, but manages to spin it in an even more modern interpretation. Sure, the trademark vertical head lamp and tail lamp elements (used in Cadillac design since 1948) are there, but there’s no denying that the ELR looks like it just rolled out of some time warp, from a few decades in the future.

2014 Cadillac ELR – image: GM Corp

Inside, the cabin is a blend of the traditional and the high-tech. Sure, there’s plenty of leather, wood and microfiber to satisfy your senses, but there’s also a heavy infusion of technology. The ELR gets a version of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, which recognizes voice commands as well as gestures. The car also serves up four driving modes, including Sport and Tour (which are self-explanatory), Mountain (which fires up the generator to ensure sufficient power when needed) and Hold (which runs the car in generator mode to preserve battery power for later use).

2014 Cadillac ELR – image: GM Corp

The Hold mode is designed for drivers who mix city and highway driving on their daily commute. Highway miles quickly consume battery charge, so the ELR (and the Volt) are best run on battery power in an urban environment, and on generator power on the highway.

Cadillac has yet to announce ELR pricing, as the car is still roughly a year away from launch. If all goes as planned, production will begin at GM’s Hamtramck plant in late 2013.

Cadillac To Reveal 2014 ELR At Detroit Auto Show 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Cadillac ELR, Automotive, Cadillac, Detroit-Auto-Show, Electric, Kurt on 12 19th, 2012

2014 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac will become the next General Motors brand to introduce an extended-range electric car on the Volt platform when it debuts the 2014 Cadillac ELR at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The Cadillac ELR will be positioned as an upscale alternative to existing Volt models from Chevrolet, Holden and Opel.

Based on the Cadillac Converj concept, the ELR will rely on lithium-ion batteries and an electric motor for propulsion. When the batteries are depleted, a gasoline-powered engine will fire up to power a generator, giving the car virtually unlimited range. Though Cadillac isn’t giving specifics, it’s likely the ELR will match or beat the Volt’s EPA-estimated 38 mile range.

Expect a more spirited performance from the Cadillac ELR as well. The Volt can run from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, which is respectable considering its primary mission is saving fuel. The ELR likely won’t be that much quicker, but it’s reasonable to expect a sub eight second time.

Pricing remains the big mystery, since the Volt’s price tag has always been a barrier to more widespread sales. If luxury-brand Cadillac gets too optimistic with the ELR’s sticker, we seriously doubt it will be the success that GM needs it to be. We’ll find out soon enough.