Wheeee!The Cadillac ELR was a big hit at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. As the first official offspring of the Chevrolet Volt that is slated for commercial production, it represents an important step forward for GM. And on top of it all, it's also a pretty cool-looking plug-in hybrid, with that Cadillac angular design.
One question that nordic types always ask when it comes to electric cars and plug-in hybrids is: "How well does it do in cold weather?" To be entirely reassured, we'll have to wait for real-world reports from owners and from trusted sources (like Consumer Reports), but in the meantime, GM has released some footage of a pre-production ELR playing in the snow in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The weather helped, as 4 inches of snow fell during testing (see the video below).
“Being able to test the ELR in extreme road conditions, like those we experienced here in the U.P., allows us to provide a ride-and-handling character unlike any EV on the market today,” said Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer. “During this latest test, the ELR continued to perform beyond our expectations.”
Of course Mr. Thomason isn't the most impartial source, so we'll have to wait for independent reports.