Cadillac has announced that when their ELR plug-in hybrid vehicle goes on sale in January 2014, the luxury-brand coupe will have a sticker price of $75,995.

That’s a significantly higher price than GM’s other electric vehicles. However, the Cadillac ELR is meant to be a high-end luxury vehicle, equivalent to the Tesla Model S.

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Shown above is the 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid vehicle. The luxury-brand hybrid has a top speed of 100+ miles per hour. Credit: General Motors.

In fact, GM CEO Dan Akerson has made it clear that the Cadillac ELR plug-in is eventually meant to compete with the all-electric Tesla Model S.

“If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac,” said Akerson last month in Washington DC. “But I do think when the ELR comes out late this year, early next – it’s certainly in the same postal code as Tesla, but now we’re going to move up. It’s not going to be a mass-produced car.”

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid certainly includes an impressive array of luxury features. For example, the plug-in incorporates the company’s advanced Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, which includes an eight-inch, full-color touchscreen. In addition, the vehicle boasts LED headlights and taillights, a forward-collision alert, a lane departure warning system, and a warning system that activates whenever the vehicle is in danger of backing into another vehicle.

The Cadillac ELR plug-in also delivers more raw power than the Chevrolet Volt. The ELR delivers 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the Chevrolet Volt delivers 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The top speed of the ELR plug-in is rated at 100+ miles per hour.

Other features of the new Cadillac plug-in hybrid are highlighted below.

Components
Plug-in hybrids are powered by a conventional gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) and electricity generated from a battery, often made of lithium-ion.
Specifications for the ELR plug-in hybrid have yet to be confirmed on Cadillac’s official website. However, according to USA Today, the plug-in will likely feature a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to power the electric motor.

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt, an extended range electric vehicle, currently uses these exact same powertrain components.

Charging
According to Cadillac, the ELR’s lithium-ion battery will take approximately five hours to charge with a Level 2, 240-volt charging outlet. On the other hand, charging times will likely increase to about twelve hours for customers who are using a Level 1, 140-volt charging outlet.

Range
The technology in the ELR is “capable of total range in excess of 300 miles,” according to Bob Ferguson, senior vice president for Cadillac. The ELR should be able to drive approximately 35 miles in all-electric mode, although the official numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have not yet been certified.

For comparison purposes, the Chevrolet Volt has a combined range of about 382 miles, and an all-electric range of 38.

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid is eligible for tax credits of up to $7,500, which will help cut the price to about $68,495. The vehicle will be available for sale in January of next year.




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