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Advanced orders can be placed today

The Cadillac ELR will be one of the next electric vehicles to use Evatran's Plugless Power wireless charging systems. According to a new report from Autoblog Green, Evatran said it's adding three new premium EVs to its Plugless Power chargers, one of them being the Cadillac ELR. The other two haven't been announced yet. 

The Cadillac ELR makes sense as a new addition, since its powertrain is similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt (Evatran has been testing its charging systems on the Volt for years).  The ELR package with the Plugless Power L2 wireless systems will be available starting September 1, but advanced orders can be placed today. 

The Cadillac ELR -- a luxury plug-in hybrid compact coupe -- started shipping in December 2013 with a hefty price tag of $75,000 USD. Through April 2014, only 241 ELRs were sold, and that number only slightly rose to 390 vehicles as of June. 

General Motors (GM) was so desperate to move the vehicles that it offered $5,000 USD per vehicle in incentives just to get people to test drive the car. Then it added on another $3,000 USD in incentives for buyers and lessees.

Cadillac ELR

Earlier this month, it was reported that dealerships were offering as much as $19,000 USD off the Cadillac ELR just to get someone -- anyone -- to buy them. 

The ELR sports a Series hybrid drivetrain with a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery for 37 miles of all-electric range. It's total range is 340 miles with a 1398 cc EcoFLEX LUU I4 gasoline engine. 

Sources: Autoblog Green, Evatran

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They'll be lucky to move ELRs for $35,000
By Boze on 7/29/2014 9:54:40 AM , Rating: 1
And I'd be hard pressed to pay that.

I really don't know what the hell the executives were thinking.

Why spend $70,000 on this POS with 80-95 mile range when you can get a Model S with a 200 mile range and a network of Supercharger stations??

Bring it down to $32,000 and we might have a deal... it'd be just enough range to get me to and from work on my daily commute with an errand stop or two in between.

By corduroygt on 7/29/2014 1:20:17 PM , Rating: 3
They're already at that price (after tax incentives), it's called the Volt.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/2014 1:43:07 PM , Rating: 3
Why spend $70,000 on this POS with 80-95 mile range when you can get a Model S

Because it's a Cadillac I guess?

GM stuck in the same mindset that lead to them failing and being bailed out. But what can we expect? Obama left the same idiots in charge!

By Masospaghetti on 7/29/2014 2:46:51 PM , Rating: 4
The Model S is all electric, when you run out of juice, you are done for.

The ELR has a 37 mile electric range (right in the article) with unlimited total range, since it has the range extending gasoline engine.

Why spend $70,000 on this POS with 80-95 mile range

You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

By Samus on 7/28/14, Rating: 0
RE: Finally
By Mint on 7/28/2014 9:03:23 PM , Rating: 2
Tesla seems to be pretty excited about upcoming autopilot abilities in their cars. I think it's possible to pair this with an automated mechanical connection for the plug.

Basically, the car would drive into your garage/carport to a precise position, allowing a very simple mechanism to push the plug in (as opposed to a complicated robotic arm). Of course, it would also automatically remove the plug when you're ready to go.

This would have low cost and 100% connection efficiency.

RE: Finally
By PaFromFL on 7/29/2014 8:21:22 AM , Rating: 2
Before wireless chargers become too popular, the government should enact a high (> 98% ?) efficiency charging standard. It makes no sense to force high efficiency standards on cars, and then waste the saved energy just to make charging more convenient.

I haven't been paying much attention to wireless charging, but I'm guessing most systems are basically a transformer with an inefficient partial air core. A smaller air gap should improve efficiency. Perhaps the charger could be a spring-loaded wedge shape, allowing contact with car (without the precise alignment requirement or danger of an exposed electrical plug).

RE: Finally
By Mint on 7/29/2014 12:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see why this is any different than driving inefficiently because you want to.

CAFE's purpose is to get high efficiency vehicles on the road. That way, people who buy cars that are 3+ years old cars (i.e. the vast majority) aren't stuck with a selection that has a low MPG average.

Beyond that, it's the consumer's responsibility to save energy costs. It works that way for dishwasher vs hand wash, dryer vs clothesline, window/fans vs A/C, and a million other tradeoffs between convenience and energy consumption.

RE: Finally
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/29/2014 11:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
For Tesla, wireless charging is not as much of a demand as for a LEAF or a Volt. With 270 miles of range, you can drive a Tesla for almost a week (at an average usage to hit 12,000 miles a year) before you hit the range of a fully charger LEAF. So if you're plugging in 2x a week, wireless charging just isn't a big win for you.
Most LEAF and Volt owners, on the other hand, plug-in everyday so wireless charging is a big want for them.

Long term, as EV ranges trend towards what a Tesla's range is today, wireless charging won't demand a very big premium. So it better be close to the cost and efficiency of a plug to stay competitive.

By Flunk on 7/28/2014 9:24:22 PM , Rating: 5
The Cadillac ELR makes sense as a new addition

Not really, seeing as there are only 400 of them ;).

By Gunbuster on 7/29/2014 9:38:12 AM , Rating: 2
"will be available starting September 1"

Translation: GM will run one ELR down the production line that hasn't made one in two months.

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