The 2014 Cadillac ELR has faced its share of headwinds during its first model year, with GM still looking for a triple-digit sales month for the car, but the automaker also continues to find new ways to support the car, including a new partnership with ChargePoint, "the largest and most open electric vehicle-charging network in the world."
Under the terms of the agreement, each new 2014 Cadillac ELR, as well as the soon-to-launch 2015 models, will come standard with a ChargePoint Driver Kit that enables easy access to some 16,500 public-charging stations throughout the country.
Said Uwe Ellinghaus, Global Cadillac chief marketing officer: “We strive to provide Cadillac buyers with the highest level of customer care and ease of use for their vehicles, which is why we chose to partner with ChargePoint for the ELR. ChargePoint’s large network with advanced technology ensures the smoothest charging and greatest driving experience for ELR drivers."
Of course, while ChargePoint charging will be a major boon to drivers of the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the real advantage of the sharp-looking coupe is the fact that, if owners do happen to exceed its EPA-certified all-electric driving range of 37 miles, the ELR's advanced powertrain will seamlessly switch over to its gas-powered onboard generator, which will provide an additional 300 miles of driving. Even then, the 2014 Cadillac ELR can achieve 33 mpg in combined driving, as well as CO2 emissions so low that that the EPA also gave it a score of 10 out of 10 for greenhouse gas emissions.
Added Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint: “ChargePoint is thrilled that Cadillac, a marquee brand in the luxury car industry, has developed an electric vehicle for its customers. With the ELR, Cadillac is helping drive the rapid growth of EVs by offering an innovative and premium vehicle. We are confident that as more EV options come out, more people will make the switch to electric.”