About the 2014 Cadillac ELR:
Built on a modified version of the Chevrolet Volt’s platform, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is a 4-seat luxury coupe featuring an electric drivetrain and a range-extending gasoline engine that serves as a generator. The ELR is built in very low volumes for a specific type of buyer who seeks a stylish and exclusive electric vehicle.
The Cadillac ELR is offered in a single level of specification and wears a lofty price tag reflecting its generous list of standard equipment.
Few options are available for the Cadillac ELR. Crystal Red Tintcoat paint, Kona Brown semi-aniline full leather seating, and full-range Adaptive Cruise Control with Automatic Collision Preparation are available as extra-cost upgrades, and a Luxury Package adds unique 20-inch wheels, a Side Blind Zone Alert system, a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system, and Intellibeam headlights.
Engines and Transmissions:
Featuring a more powerful version of the electric drivetrain that’s installed in the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac ELR is equipped with a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that serves as a back-up generator once the battery reaches a minimum state of charge.
Here’s how this works. You plug the ELR in to recharge the battery. Once the battery is full, the ELR provides about 37 miles of electric driving range, depending on weather, topography, and other driving conditions. When maximum range is reached, the gasoline engine starts and the power it makes is converted into electricity, fed to the battery, and the ELR continues driving until you plug it back in or you need to stop at a gas station. In effect, you can drive the ELR cross-country in the same amount of time as a regular car, without needing an electrical outlet along the way.
Combined, the powertrain components produce 217 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available just as soon as the driver steps on the accelerator pedal. Cadillac says that it takes about five hours to recharge the car’s battery when using a 240-volt electrical outlet.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Cadillac estimates a 37-mile driving range on a full battery charge. The EPA gives the ELR a rating of 82 MPGe when driven solely on the battery. Once the gasoline generator fires up, the rating is 33 mpg in combined driving.
The Cadillac ELR has not been subjected to crash tests, and it is unlikely that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will do so given the car’s high price and low production volume.
Like other Cadillac models, the ELR is equipped with the company’s Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, which combined a number of features into a display screen and control panel that is designed to operate similar to a tablet computer. Additionally, the ELR is equipped with a driver-activated alert designed to make sure pedestrians know that a quiet electric car is operating nearby.
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