Volt-based Cadillac ELR starts shipping to dealers around the U.S.
The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid is the answer to the question: "What if a Cadillac and a Chevrolet Volt had a baby together?".
Like the Volt, it can run on electricity alone until its battery get depleted, and when that happens a gasoline engine kicks in to generate power (unlike, say, a Prius hybrid, the gasoline engine doesn't turn the wheels directly, it all goes through electric motors).
The ELR is assembled at the Detroit-Hamtramck facility located in Hamtramck, Michigan. According to GM, it has started shipping to dealers around the country for the official rollout and customer deliveries planned for January 2014. Pricing begins at $75,995, which drops to $68,495 if you can get the maximum federal tax credit in the US. It's pricey, but it competes with other pricey luxury & performance models...
As I wrote previously: The centerpiece of the ELR is the T-shaped lithium-ion battery, like in the Volt. It can store 16.5 kWh of power, giving the plug-in Cadillac 35 miles (56 km) of 100%-electric driving range. After that, the 1.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in and powers the car. It will take about 4.5 hours to fully recharge the battery using a 240V outlet.
Total output for the drivetrain is 207 hp (154 kW) with an impressive 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm) of instantly-available torque. It's this torque that makes electric vehicles so much fun!
The Cadillac ELR will meet California's Enhanced AT-PZEV emission standard, giving it access to high occupancy vehicle lanes. Always a nice perk.
The battery, which you can see in blue below, will be covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.