General Motors (GM) unveiled the Cadillac ELR Coupe, its first luxury electric vehicle. It is GM’s second extended-range electric vehicle and the third extended-range vehicle unveiled in the past month.
The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in hybrid car that uses technology that is similar to the Chevrolet Volt that was released last year.
“The concept generated instant enthusiasm,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing, in a statement. “Like other milestone Cadillac models of the past, the ELR will offer something not otherwise present ? the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.”
No price, specs and performance details have been released by the company yet, but previous reports said that it will be launched by the end of 2013 as a 2014 model.
Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Cadillac ELR Coupe is powered by an electric motor. A T-shaped 16 kwh lithium ion battery packed between the seats provides 64 kilometers of electric range, then a four-cylinder gasoline engine turns on to run a generator that will provide electricity for another 480 kilometers or more. The Cadillac ELR uses the same powertrain used in the Chevrolet Volt.
Electric vehicles take several hours to charge and require drivers to change their driving habits to conserve power. However, extended-range cars do not have to be plugged in, but if users can choose to do so to save on fuel costs.
Cadillac will also unveil another concept car at an event before the Pebble beach Concours d’Elegance.
via: Tech Crunch