At the 2013 Detroit Motor Show, the Cadillac ELR luxury electric car finally came out of the shadows and showed itself to the public on Tuesday January 15th. The Tesla Roadster has shown us that you don’t have to compromise on speed to go green, and now the ELR is arguing that you don’t have to compromise on luxury either.
Featuring cut-and-sew accented leather incorporating suede microfiber, chrome, wood and available carbon fiber finishes throughout, the Cadillac ELR really is a luxurious piece of machinery. It also comes with a premium Bose 10-channel audio system with active noise cancellation as standard.
The design features Cadillac‘s typical sharp lines and chrome work and is pretty much identical to the Converj concept. This car is good, not just for an electric car, but a compact luxury coupe as well. The 20-inch wheels this car rides on are optimized for efficiency and a comfortable ride.
On the technical side, the ELR is based on the Chevy Volt, meaning it is an extended range electric vehicle. To enhance driving and make the most of its efficiency, the car comes with exclusive Regen on Demand and selectable drive modes. Regen is regenerative braking, they are just trying to make it sound fancy. One feature that truly is fancy is the programmable charging schedules and downloadable energy efficiency report, which sends notifications to your smartphone.
In addition, the ELR gets a fair share of high-tech systems such as HiPier Strut front suspension, compound-crank with Watts link rear suspension and Continuous Damping Control. Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, along with available Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and full-speed-range all provide the safety of this vehicle.