2013 Detroit: Production Cadillac ELR steals second day spotlight in Detroit

Cadillac celebrates a big day today as its first ever hybrid electric vehicle in the company’s history debuted in production form: the all-new, drop-dead gorgeous Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Vehicle.

“ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly,” said Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president. “This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.”

The ELR is based off of the very familiar and well-received Converj Concept and wholly represents Cadillac’s evolution in design language.

Cadillac’s patented Extended Range Electric Vehicle or EREV system allows the ELR to exceed 300 miles of full driving range thanks to a 1.4L gasoline electric generator that produces a total of 207hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The ELR’s 16.5 kWh lithium ion battery sits in the area normally reserved for a rear-wheel driveshaft and is in the shape of “T” for a low center of gravity and the best weight distribution. Altogether, GM estimates that the ELR can drive a total of 35 miles on all-electric power.

For a full recharge at home, the ELR is expected to achieve a full recharge in four and a half hours.

“The ELR represents a new dimension of Art & Science, the guiding philosophy of Cadillac,” said Mark Adams, Cadillac design director. “Cadillac’s DNA is innovation, with dramatic and provocative design. ELR delivers this in a luxury coupe that stands alone among major luxury brands globally.”

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– By: Chris Chin