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Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR Plugin Hybrid

 

Sexy is the word most used to describe Cadillac's new ELR plug in vehicle. The unveiling of Cadillac's newest Volt based hybrid brought several "oohs and ahs from the audience".  Although the powertrain is similar to the Chevy Volt that is where the similarities stop, the exterior of the ELR has sleek lines and defined curves. The design take it cues from the Concept Ciel and Cadillac sixteen from a decade ago with a sporting twist of a body that is sporting a 0.35 coefficient drag.  The same drag as a Prius.

Along with the sexy exterior Cadillac has pumped up the performance of the ELR.  The ELR will run on electric motor for 35 miles before the gas motor will kick in.  Total charge time on a 240-volt outlet is around 4.5 hours, while the 110-volt outlet next to your coffee maker will get the ELR's batteries recharged in around 12 hours. The ELR will reach 60mph in just seven seconds.   Cadillac even worked with the American Federation of the Blind to equip the ELR with a pedestrian alert system, when someone is walking in an intersection. 

The interior of the ELR is a destination unto itself. An open door reveals an oasis of elegance and information. Finely stitched leather accents, burled-grained wood and available carbon fiber, along with the technology of Cadillac CUE2, provide touches that may even exceed the comforts of home. 

Cadillac has not announce the price tag for their newly redesigned 2014 ELR but industry insiders are suggestion the price tag will be in the $50,000 range.

 

Additional Specs:

Battery System

Type:

rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple linked modules

Size/case:

5.5-foot-long T-shaped; glass-filled polyester structural composite with aluminum thermal radiation shield and steel tray

Mass (lb / kg):

435 / 198

Battery chemistry:

lithium-ion

Thermal system:

liquid active thermal control

Cells:

288 prismatic

Combined electric/extended driving range (miles / km):

More than300 / 480

Warranty:

eight years / 100,000 miles

Energy:

16.5-kWh

 

Onboard gas-powered electric generator

Type:

1.4L DOHC I-4

Displacement (cu in / cc):

85.3 / 1398

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

2.89 x 3.25 / 73.4 x 82.6

Block material:

cast iron

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder, continuously variable intake and exhaust cam phaser

Ignition system:

Individual coil-on-plug ? cassette type

Fuel delivery:

sequential multi-port fuel injectors with electronic throttle control

Compression ratio:

10.5:1

Output (kW / hp @ rpm):

63 / 84 @ 4800

Max engine speed (rpm):

4800

Emissions controls:

close-coupled catalytic converters; 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast light-off O2 sensor

Fuel type:

premium required

EPA-estimated fuel economy:

TBD

 

Electric drive

Type:

electric, two-wheel, front-drive

Motors (two);

drive motor, 117-135 kW; generator motor, 55 kW

Transaxle:

Voltec electric drive system

Power (kW / hp):

154 / 207 (total system power)

Torque: (lb-ft / Nm):

295 / 400

 

Resources:

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/01/cadillac-elr-detroit/?pid=2611

http://www.cadillac.com/elr-electric-car.html

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