Meet the 2014 Cadillac ELRLike Toyota with its HSD system, GM wants to use its Voltec system, which powers the Chevrolet Volt, across a whole range of models. That's what the 2014 Cadillac ELR is: A direct descendent of the Volt, though you couldn't really tell by looking at it. On the outside, it has inherited the traits of the rest of the Cadillac family, but underneath the metals and plastics can be found the beating heart of a souped-up Volt.
Under the Hood of the 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-in HybridThe 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 above, will be covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
ELR production begins in the US in late 2013 in limited numbers, though what those numbers are or what the price tag will be remains a mystery for now.