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Cadillac Begins Shipping First ELRs to Dealers

It combines the powertrain from the Volt in a luxury package

 
 
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The ELR has left the factory and is going to the first buyers

Cadillac’sCadillacCadillacUnited States of America, 1902 > present79 models
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ELRELRCadillac ELRUnited States of America, 2014 > present16 photos
takes the powertrain from a Chevrolet VoltVolt Gen.1Chevrolet Volt Gen.1United States of America, 2007 > present8 versions
21 photos
and covers it in a much prettier wrapper, and it should because prices start at $75,995, more than double the base price of a Volt. Cadillac has loaded up the first production ELRs onto transporters and shipped them out of its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. A few lucky buyers might even have their cars before Christmas.

The ELR uses the latest evolution of the Volt’s drivetrain with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It gives the car a maximum range of 300 miles and a 35-mile range on only electric power.

The ELR comes standard with full LED front and rear lights, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system with navigation, an 8in full-color capacitive touchscreen, real wood trim, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and Regen on Demand that uses the paddles on the steering wheel to force the electricity regeneration system to activate.

The ELR is the first attempt from a major automaker to sell in the luxury EV market. At the moment, its main competition will be the Tesla Model SModel STesla Model SUnited States of America, 2012 > present2 photos
, and it will take on the BMW i8i8BMW i8Germany, 2013 > present32 photos
at the end of the 2014.

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CadillacCadillac
ELRELR
Engine
Straight 4
Displacement
85 cu in
Top Speed
106 mph
Transmission
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Maximum power
84 hp @ 4800 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol / Electric
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
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annual ownership cost
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