• Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
  • Cadillac's dramatic luxury coupe with extended-range electric vehicle technology. (08/17/2011)
General Motors might start making the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in hybrid coupe late next year for a 2014 model-year debut, GMInsideNews.com reports, citing unnamed "product development sources."

The ELR will use a powertrain similar to the one in the Chevrolet Volt, though the ELR's powertrain is expected to have a longer electric-only range than the current range of about 35 miles. ELR sales in Europe and China should follow the North American debut by about a year.

GM is hoping that the ELR will build on some recently-achieved sales momentum for the Volt, which was introduced in late 2010. The automaker sold a monthly record 2,289 Volts in March. Last month, that number dipped to 1,462 units, though that was still triple the figures from a year earlier.

Last August, GM confirmed that the ELR would be produced, and Bloomberg News reported at the time that the car would cost less than the base model Tesla Model S, which costs $57,400. GM representatives have not yet responded to a request for comment about the price and we will update this post when we hear something.

The ELR was originally known as the Converj when it was introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2009 North American Auto Show in Detroit.


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      Maddoxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      2014 will be an interesting year for EV's, and hybrids Cadillac may produce this ELR that year Nissan leaf will be built in America, Infiniti Le makes it's debut Tesla S would have a year of sales under its belt. New Infiniti G35h makes for a good sport hybrid. They're be many EV and hybrids to choose from. That's when I plan to buy my next car so many options in getting giddy!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is the reason why I am not buying a Volt. Since the time I first learned this car was going to be produced, I have been saving money for it! I'm just hopping this baby will stay a front wheel drive car. Some people said it would not nbe, and if its going to be the case, I will get myself a Chevy Volt. Vivement sa sortie prochaine!!!
      Edge
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one wicked looking car. Too bad it was not being introduced this year.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was a huge fan of this car when I first saw it at Detroit Motor Show. The price is immaterial. In fact GM could pitch this car even higher. A Cadillac should be more expensive than just an upmarket Chevy ! The production of this car would boost Volt sales, as Lexus hybrids have done for Toyota. GM should have retained the Pontiac brand. However, This car is a real winner, and GM should bring it to the market place with class beating build quality, to allow an American car marque to move back up market. The ELR, if released today, would sell in the hundreds of thousands on a world wide basis ! Hey, if GM is worried about production capacity, build a trail batch at GM-Holden in Australia ! ;) Yeah, build it in Australia, let's see what Fox has to say about that ! Let ol' Rush call Russell Crow an idiot! See how that works out for Rush ! It's not a competitor for the Tesla S, any more than the invented rivalry between Volt and Leaf, both appeal to different markets. The ELR, EREV, really makes a defining statement for mainstream EV technology in the public consciousness. To quote our old mate Gorr, " I'm interested to buy" .
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        "It's not a competitor for the Tesla S, any more than the invented rivalry between Volt and Leaf, both appeal to different markets." I couldn't agree more. The Caddy is an upscale transition vehicle for someone who would regularly buy a gas car. The Model S appeals to someone who knows about EV's or has a friend that knows EV's and has convinced them to get one. The only similarity is that they're both upscale cars.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well we had to wait too long for this, but better late than never and it does have great looks. It'll be very interesting to see whether the physical pack size increases or they have better batteries to give the increase in range.
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sasparilla Fizz
        Since it has been mentioned to be Voltec 1.5 design, I'm guessing they're adding to the battery pack size (24kW?) since it will be a 2+2 design. Next gen chemistry is expected for 2.0. Expect beefier electric motors on the performance side - it shouldn't be too hard to get 0-60 down a few seconds from the Volt. Initial torque and quickness is excellent on the Volt already. They need to adjust the upper end of the spectrum too. More use of aluminum and composites (Lexan GLX resins, Xenoy iQ) to keep weight down. I'm wondering if they will tinker with the 1.4L ICE; maybe turbocharge/direct injection, make it completely aluminum?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      it'll be heavy, unimpressive, overpriced and wont give us the needed transition. as usual. it's another car that's born from conventional primitive car thinking like all their other cars and that wont fly.
        SNP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        The Volt uses our existing 100yr old gasoline infrastructure and asks that we wean ourselves off petrol. It solves the huge problem about EV range and gives us an option to choose which mode we want to drive in for any given day. The price is reasonable given the tech. The transition is still occurring, but unless you can replace our century old national infrastructure immediately at almost no cost to us, then please keep your stupid thoughts to yourself.
        mylexicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I never vote your stuff down b/c it always contains a nugget of truth, but you are hilariously intolerant of modest improvement.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mylexicon
          'modest improvement' will really protect us from global warming and peak oil. good solutions will not flow from idiots. and so it has been.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Wow, -12
      kEiThZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the Volt, I've been waiting for.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't look bad, but oddly (and I'm sure I'll be in the minority), I prefer the Volts looks. Though I'm very glad GM is expanding the EREV/Voltec line of cars. I'm also wondering if the best move would have been to make an SUV.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fisker isn't competition for anything. You've got to be kidding me. Slow unless you use battery AND ICE at the same time. Very expensive. Very short EV range. The Fisker that charges at work drove by me today. I could hear the ICE turn off partway into the parking lot when it dropped down to about 20mph. 24mpg. I don't agree with your summation of the "Caddy buyer". This car is expensive enough it likely isn't anyone's only car. a 160 mile Tesla Model S will be very tempting if it is the same price. Again, unless the Cadillac has a significantly longer EV range than the Volt does.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it you that writed ' the crash course' ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a sweet lookin' ride. I love the lines, it's sleek and mean. I love the Chevy Volt's look, and I wish I had enough money to have my own car (I'd definitely get a Volt) and in the mean time, I'm sticking with the old trusty two-wheeled pedal-powered beast. Juan Miguel Ruiz GreenJoyment.com
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        I do not always comment on ABG, but when I do, my posts are automatically up voted. I am Juan Miguel Ruiz The most interesting ABG commenter.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          He is the man at green joyment . Com. See the post I replied to. Fot some reason, I cannot read his name without doing it in 'the most interesting man' voice. Stay thirsty, my friend.
          DarylMc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Hi EZEE Is everything OK? Tried to give you a thumbs up but it really doesnt work so well. Sometimes it goes up, sometimes it goes down, sometimes it does nothing. In DF's case there seems to be a serious malfunction. But who is Juan Miguel Ruiz?
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it have to cost a lot less than the base Tesla Model S? I would think the $50K car customer would be more interested in an EV than an EREV. Unless the EREV had like 80 miles EV range, which isn't going to happen.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The Caddy ELR is marketed to a completely different group of people than the Model S. A Model S buyer want pure electric - no compromise. The Caddy buyer wants a luxurious car that will substantially reduce the amount of gasoline they use, but that won't compromise long-distance cruising capability. The biggest competitor to the Caddy would be a Fisker, both being luxury ER-EVs. Considering how the Karma buyers are getting around 90-130mpg on average (per their own reports on FiskerBuzz), an ER-EV can be a great way to go fully electric as much as you can, and still have the ability to travel longer-range without worrying - indeed, while still using dramatically less gas than even a Prius.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The Cadillac ELR is aimed at a somewhat different market than the Tesla Model S. The Model S will appeal to those wanting to boldly go all-electric, the ELR appeals to those who want to try driving electric and reduce their gasoline consumption, but still have the "security blanket" of the gasoline range extender. The Model S is from an exciting new company, the ELR will come from an old, well established brand. Both will sell, even with similar pricing. I suspect the larger battery is mainly to increase power and performance, the additional EV range is an extra.
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