Cadillac ELR - $60,000 est. - Available: 2014


Based on the EV technology GM calls Voltec, but dressed up in a brand new suit, the 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe brings anther ecological driving option to the luxury market. As a two door plug-in hybrid, the ELR may not be a direct competitor with the four door all-electric Tesla Model S, but its expected $60,000-plus price point will place it at the deep end of the pool with the Tesla and the Fisker sedans.

Although the ELR is derived from the Volt, there are some differences other than style. Despite sleek styling, the coupe's 1.6-inch wider track and tires contribute to a slightly larger frontal area, increasing drag coefficient from the Volt's 0.280 to 0.305. The 1.4-liter engine and 16-kWhr battery are identical, but the electric motor now produces 154 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, up from the Volt's 149/273. This drops projected 0-60-mph acceleration times to around 8 seconds. The Cadillac taps a bit more of the Voltec battery prior to kicking in the generator. Despite a curb-weight gain of almost 300 pounds and fatter tires the ELR can travel 35 miles in all-electric mode.


Electric Range: 35

Total Range: N/A

Combined MPGe: N/A

Battery Capacity: 16.5 kWh


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