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Cadillac ELR – GM Adds To The Volt

While the high-horsepower generation Corvette pointed one direction for General Motors at the Detroit Auto Show, the had another car that could be as for what GM hopes to become in the century. That car is the Cadillac the company s second foray range-extended EVs (after the Chevy


The ELR is a two-door (unlike the four-door four-passenger car that features that GM says will not be in a Chevrolet such as cut-and-sew leather  incorporating sueded chrome, wood and available fiber finishes throughout. is much more striking the Volt, picking up from the signature Art Science styling of the concept car of 2009. Unlike the which went through a redesign between the concept and versions, the Cadillac will many of the styling themes production because they are

The final version of the ELR is expected to a slippery .305 coefficient of

The company also tweaked the output slightly (even it uses the same batteries and motors as the Volt) so that in the 300-pound heavier ELR will out its more pedestrian sibling. The will come from draws on the LG Chem lithium-ion system, which features 288 cells putting out 16.5 kWh of through the 117-135 kW drive on the front wheels. The 435-pound pack pushes the total of the car over 4,000 pounds.

Like the Volt, the ELR will an approximately 35-mile all-electric at which point the 1.4-liter engine will kick in and up the batteries, allowing an approximate driving range. Also are the recharge times–about 12 hours on system and 4.5 hours on a 240-volt

Sales Expectations Lowered for electric car

Where the ELR also from the Volt is in its sales GM launched the Volt with goals for high-volume sales; it had the car would sell 40,000 in 2012. As a result of sales than half that, it has had the car a failure. In contrast, the ELR was presented to as a limited edition vehicle sales expected to be in the low 1000s.

Prices were not announced, but was that the ELR would retail in the range, probably closer to the cost of the Volt, so less of a risk for GM. When it s introducing in it will offer California the potential to have single-occupancy to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

It will not be the first luxury on the market, of course, since it the Tesla Model S and Fisker but it will be one the first from an manufacturer. If it comes in at the expected it could undercut prices of of those vehicles.  But, on when it actually hits in 2014, it also could be with the BMW i8 and the Infiniti LE – and possibly from Mercedes or Audi.

Posted Feb. 2, 2013

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