While GM prepares the Detroit-Hamtramck factory for series production of the new ELR, Cadillac’s engineers are hard at work refining the extended range hybrid model.
The ELR’s hybrid powertrain comprises a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, a naturally-aspirated 84HP 1.4-liter gasoline engine that functions as a generator and two electric motors, for a combined system output of 207-horses.
Official: GM to Build New 2014/2015 Cadillac ELR Hybrid Coupé
The next big thing to come from Cadillac will be the ELR plug-in hybrid coupe, which is the production version of the Converj, a concept vehicle first displayed at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that borrows its extended-range electric technology from the Chevy Volt.
The ELR is expected to make its world premiere in production form at the Detroit Auto Show in January with the first cars to roll out from the assembly plant in late 2013.
According to the automaker, the ELR will be the first two-door car built at the plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado. The same facility also manufactures the Chevrolet Volt and its European and Australian counterparts, the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera and Holden Volt, as well as the latest Malibu and the new Impala sedans.
Just like the Volt, the ELR will feature an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine that works as a generator to provide power to the electric motor. GM has not released any specific details on the electric motor and the internal combustion engine.
Introducing the Cadillac ELR - Electric Hybrid Coupé
Cadillac is proud to announce production of the new standard in extended-range electric vehicles. The Cadillac ELR is a luxurious, dramatic 2+2 coupe, based on the highly acclaimed Cadillac Converj Concept. Using electricity as its primary propulsion source and a range-extending four-cylinder engine, the ELR will be as exhilarating as it is responsible. The future is just around the corner.