28 Jun '12, 4pm

2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe To Get New Engine?

2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe To Get New Engine?

I like the exterior styling on the ELR, and given an indulgent interior, it could be in the mix for replacing our 2011 Volt. BUT, I would demand more performance in terms of both 0-60 level acceleration AND a longer EV range of at least 50 miles. It is not clear to me at all why a larger ICE would be needed to provide the (re) charging for the battery pack, as at highway speed, where one would be for the majority of "range extended demands" one only needs around 20 hp or less to maintain that speed on the level. It would seem that what the "Voltec" power system needs is a smaller, steady state efficient ICE, like a 1.0 liter diesel for that power function of driving a generator, but of course, I don't understand engineering.

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1077334_2014-cadillac...

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