Following its world premiere at the recent 2012 NAIAS in Detroit, Cadillac has come to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the new ELR hybrid coupe, featuring the first application of the Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand. It is powered by an electric motor that uses a 1.4-liter gasoline-powered generator capable of 154 kW (207 hp) of total system power as range extender. The total output of the car is rated at 207 hp and 400 Nm, with 480 km of range (300 miles approximately).
ELR’s battery is a T-shaped, 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels, and can be charged with a 120 V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240 V charging station. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about 4.5 hours using a 240V outlet, depending on the outside temperature.
The interior features cut-and-sew accented leather incorporating sueded microfiber, chrome, wood and available carbon fiber finishes throughout. Since the ELR operates so quietly in its all-electric mode, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians in an intersection. The alert was developed in conjunction with the American Federation of the Blind.
Other highlights of this ELR include LED head-lamps, daytime running lamps and tail-lamps, 20-inch wheels, Cadillac’s own CUE infotainment system with sat-nav, Cadillac’s advanced active safety features (Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning along with available Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and full-speed-range adaptive cruise control) and a premium Bose 10-channel audio system with active noise cancellation.