Cadillac has confirmed the range extending ELR will go into production in late 2013 at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, where the Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall Ampera and Holden Volt are also produced.
Cadillac ELR is the first two-door car built at the plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado. The ELR is the production version of Cadillac’s Converj concept, which was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2009.
Just like the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera, 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-generator. When the battery’s energy is low, the system switches to a petrol-powered electric generator to allow hundreds of additional driving miles.
In the Volt and Ampera, the electric drive unit produces 148bhp, enabling both cars to reach 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, while the top speed is 99mph. Range from a full battery is up to 50 miles.
85bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine works as a petrol-powered electric generator once the battery’s energy gets low to increase the driving range.