2014 Cadillac ELR comes alive with Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology


GM has been pushing its Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology in the Chevrolet Volt compact sedan, and now company is extending that technology into the Cadillac ELR coupe. There has been quite a lot of work on the Cadillac ELR coupe for a few years, and now the company is releasing its latest edition of the 2014 Cadillac ELR, which we have seen at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January.

The new 2014 Cadillac ELR extended electric car is sleek and luxurious. It features the Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology found current on the current Chevrolet Volt, which means it is driven by an electric motor. Power is provided through an electric generator that runs on gasoline to charge the fuel cells and power the electric motor at the same time. The ELR is powered by GM EREV technology. It combined pure electric drive with a range-extending 1.4-liter gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 154 kW (207 hp) and 295 lb-ft of torque of total system power. This sort of hybrid setup allows the 2014 Cadillac ELR to achieve a driving range of more than 300 miles, combining pure electric driving and a range-extending generator. Using only the energy stored in the battery, the 2014 Cadillac ELR delivers an estimated range of about 35 miles.

Charging the ELR’s battery can be done with a 120V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about 4.5 hours using a 240V outlet. The ELR’s battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.”

The design concept, the Cadillac ELR coupe has an aggressive and aerodynamic profile, which gets most of its design cues from the 2009 Converj concept. The overall shape is reinforced by a prominent, sweeping body line accented by 20-inch wheels pushed to the edges of the body. While the interior emphasizes modern elegance, technology and precisely crafted details.

Inside, the 2014 Cadillac ELR has a 2+2 layout. It features leather-trimmed interior blends authentic chrome and wood accents – and available carbon fiber trim – as well as a sueded microfiber headliner and steering wheel covered in leather and sueded microfiber. Other additional features include eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, LED-powered accent lighting in the instrument panel and doors, and fold-down rear seat backs accommodate longer items such as a golf bag.

The aerodynamics of the 2014 Cadillac ELR helps the vehicle glide through the air with minimal drag. There are active shutters behind the grille opening as well as tapered fascia corners that let the air to move easily around the car to reduce drag.  In addition, an aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag and contribute to ELR’s 0.305 coefficient of drag.

The 2014 Cadillac ELR is set with the uniquely tuned Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology to help reduce emissions in daily commutes while providing extended range for long road trips as well.