Set to go on sale in January 2014, a shipment of Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicles left GM’s assembly plant on its way to dealers. The Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant builds the Chevrolet Volt as well as the Cadillac ELR which is the first Cadillac built at the facility since the 2011 DTS sedan.
The Cadillac ELR plug-in powertrain is borrowed from the Volt and uses a 1.4 liter atkinson cycle gasoline engine as a range extender to the 16.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack is housed in the center tunnel and under the rear seat in a T shape.
Although the ELR and the Volt share the same drivetrain, the ELR luxury coupe has received some tweaking that gives it 207 horsepower instead of the 149 found in the Volt. 0-60 mph time for the ELR is 8.8 seconds.
The ELR is also rated at having an all-electric range of 37 miles, and recharging from a 240-volt source will take four and a half hours.
The Cadillac ELR qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit in the US, so be sure to factor that into the $75,995 (including destination) starting price.