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Cadillac's plug-in EV comes with a hefty price tag

In recent months, General Motors has made it known that it has Tesla Motors in its sights and plans to take on the EV manufacturers with fresh electric vehicles from Cadillac. “If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson last month in Washington, D.C. 
 
“But I do think when the (Cadillac) 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.”
 
When it comes being "in the same postal code", Akerson definitely wasn’t joking — at least when it comes to pricing for the Cadillac ELR. The base Model S with a 60 kWh battery (230-mile range) stats at $69,900 before a $7,500 federal tax credit is applied. GM just revealed today via Cadillac’s website that the ELR plug-in luxury coupe will start at a lofty $75,000 before the tax credit is applied.

 
GM is currently accepting reservations for the vehicle and it will officially launch early next year.
 
Official specs for the vehicle are hard to come by, but GM’s preliminary figures suggest that the vehicle will travel 35 miles on battery power alone and will have an overall driving range of 300+ miles. When it’s all-electric range is exhausted and the 1.4L gasoline engine/generator is operational, GM says that the vehicle will return the equivalent of 30 to 35 mpg (premium unleaded gasoline is required).

 
 
In addition, the ELR will have a top speed of 100 mph and the 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in 5 hours with a 240V connection.

Sources: Cadillac, GM



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But does it break the roof crush test machine?
By chmilz on 10/11/2013 2:23:51 PM , Rating: 3
It's a regular Cadillac with some hybrid thrown in. It's not the incredible engineering marvel that is a Tesla S.

Also, it's overpriced because you have to buy it from a dealer.




RE: But does it break the roof crush test machine?
By bigi on 10/11/2013 2:48:27 PM , Rating: 1
Why is it even compared to Tesla Model S ???

Different propulsion, different engine, different system, less space.

It does get pretty amazing that many want to compete with Tesla by introducing crap product which is worse in ALL aspects of design.

Remember F... Karma?


By flyingpants1 on 10/11/2013 3:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's supposed to share the Volt platform, which may mean no center rear seat. Translation: It's not a luxury car.

The funny thing is, this was supposed to keep costs down.. And for the extra $40,000 or whatever it is exactly, they could have at least doubled the electric range to 70 miles...

Except the Volt platform cannot accomodate the size and weight of another 500lbs battery. LOL.


By Mint on 10/11/2013 9:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's supposed to share the Volt platform, which may mean no center rear seat. Translation: It's not a luxury car.
So the BMW 6 series, Mercedes CL/CLS, Porsche Panamera, etc are not a luxury cars?

The ELR may be ridiculously overpriced, but it's a proper luxury car.


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