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Cadillac ELR PHEV

GMC has been quite busy lately, and one of their most ambitious endeavors is the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid. They may wish to capitalize on a segment of the driving population beyond luxury car drivers. That demographic group would be those drivers in the Green movement, who prefer hybrids or other non-gasoline powered vehicles.

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The Cadillac ELR makes use of the same plug-in type drive train as General Motors' Chevy Volt. You won't find the same 149 horsepower as the Volt, though. The ELR has 207 horsepower. Torque rises too, from the Volt's 273 to the ELR's 295.

You can travel up to about 35 miles on only electric power with the ELR. The total range including gas power is over 300 miles. It has been said that the mpg will qualify the ELR to use the carpool lanes in California. The sales of Volts rose by over 200% after Chevy released a Volt that qualified for use in the carpool lane.

The Cadillac ELR, like its smaller cousin the Volt, is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, with a single-speed transmission. The ELR has steering-wheel mounted paddles. The paddles don't shift the gears of the transmission - they increase the regenerative brake resistance, which slows down the vehicle without the use of the brake pedal.

Cadillac included a few other features that make the ELR sportier than a lot of hybrid vehicles. They include 20-inch wheels, a Sport mode the driver can select and revised suspension. The body style is also progressive. It features an impressive chrome grille that hides the active shutters for drag reduction. Vertical headlights also make the front end more sport-inspired.

Inside the ELR, you'll find the CUE touchscreen infotainment system standard. This system has not had rave reviews, but Cadillac went with it for this model. Designers also feel that the quality and materials of the interior will set new GM standards.

If you charge your ELR at home, it will take about 12 hours in a 120 volt outlet, but only 4.5 hours if you use a dedicated 240 volt outlet. The price of the ELR is expected to run between sixty and seventy thousand dollars when they hit the ground in 2014.

Cadillac ELR production will mark the first time that General Motors has engineered a plug-in luxury hybrid. It will be made at the same GM plant that produces the Chevy Volt. It will be introduced in the United States shortly after production starts.

Executives and designers feel that the Cadillac ELR will be in a class all its own, and will prove that GM is committed to advanced technology and electric vehicles. It may have a different power train, but the look will be unmistakably Cadillac.

Like the Chevy Volt, the Cadillac ELR will run on only electric power from its battery until its charge begins to run low. Then the gas-powered generator will automatically kick in, which will add hundreds more miles to the range.

GM officials would like to double their 2010 U.S. Cadillac sales by the year 2015. They feel that the ELR hybrid will allow them to compete for the top spot among luxury automobiles sold in the United States.