Cadillac ELR range-extended hybrid
Back at the 2009 NAIA show Cadillac showed their Converj concept car. Today GM has announced that this concept car will go into production as the two door ELR "2+2 luxury coupe" driven by lithium-ion batteries and range extended by a 4-cylinder petrol engine (essentially the same powertrian as the Chevrolet Volt). Styling wise I think it looks considerably better from the side / rear (as apparently do GM by the emphasis on the rear three-quarter shot in press images), lets hope potential buyers think differently. The car will be shown today (18th August) at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Electric Concept Car Comes to Life as Cadillac ELRLuxury touring coupe gets extended-range electric vehicle technology
Development of the ELR is just underway, so details on performance, price and timing will be announced later.The Cadillac 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-generator. It uses electricity as its primary source to drive the car without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the battery’s energy is low, the ELR seamlessly switches to extended-range mode to enable driving for hundreds of additional miles.
“The concept generated instant enthusiasm,” said Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac Marketing. “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.”Cadillac selected the name ELR to indicate the car’s electric propulsion technology, in keeping with the brand’s 3-letter international model naming convention.
The Converj Concept sparked the idea of combining the desirability of a grand touring coupe with electrification, said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design.“There’s no mistaking it for anything but a Cadillac, an aggressive, forward-leaning profile and proportion showcases a uniquely shaped, modern vision of a personal luxury 2+2,” Welburn said.
Cadillac will reveal another new concept car on Thursday, Aug. 18, at a special event prior to the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Cadillac also recently announced it will add two new vehicles to its product lineup in 2012, the XTS large luxury sedan and an all-new luxury compact sedan codenamed ATS.