Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid: Big Battery, More Electric Range

As predicted, the plug-in hybrid version of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 large luxury sedan was released today at the Shanghai Motor Show, using an adaptation of GM’s second-generation Voltec hybrid system.

What wasn’t predicted was the startling size of its battery pack: 18.4 kilowatt-hours, identical to that used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

That means Cadillac is fitting a battery that’s essentially double the size of any other plug-in hybrid on the market today–and should probably achieve 30 or more miles of electric range with it.

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Unlike the Volt, however, the CT6 plug-in hybrid will switch on its engine under higher loads, according to the GM press release.

That engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection, presumably a variation on the same engine in the non-hybrid four-cylinder CT6 announced at the New York Auto Show three

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No, The Electric Cadillac ELR Will NOT Have Rear-Wheel Drive

Cadillac ELR

We follow plug-in cars pretty closely here, and occasionally we manage to break stories.

One was the production green light for the Cadillac Converj electric car concept, confirmed by GM as the Cadillac ELR coupe just six days later. 

So when we see an article that’s … let’s say implausible … it’s hard not to write a rebuttal.

Yesterday, in the widely followed trade journal Automotive News, product editor Rick Kranz penned a piece suggesting that the Cadillac ELR would have rear-wheel drive, which he calls a “game changer” for the electric Caddy coupe. (It’s subscription only, so you may not be able to read the linked piece–sorry.)

The Cadillac ELR is essentially a higher-margin vehicle using the Voltec extended-range electric vehicle platform that sits under the Chevrolet Volt. The front wheels of the Volt are powered by its 111-kilowatt

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Cadillac ELR A ‘Disappointment,’ Plug-In Hybrids For Most Models: Marketing Chief

When it was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac Converj concept was widely lauded for its looks.

That was likely the last time the car that became the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe won any praise.

After an on-again, off-again, on-again history and a launch at the breathtaking price of $75,000, the ELR languished in the market from Day One.

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It’s been on sale for two years now, but only a couple of thousand have found buyers–and while updated 2016 models are now available at a few Cadillac dealers, discounts on the 2014 ELR reached tens of thousands of dollars.

Not surprisingly, Cadillac’s marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus told Automobile magazine that the ELR has been “a big disppointment.”

In an interview largely centered around a discussion of how the

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Cadillac ELR Is Walking Dead (But May Be Great, Rare Used Car)

You almost have to pity the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric coupe: It’s a very pretty car with luxurious appointments, but no one wants to buy it.

And if the rumors that now-departed General Motors CEO Dan Akerson personally set its initial price at $75,000 are true, you have to wonder how it might have done if launched at a considerably lower price.

Regardless, the ELR is now a product on Death Row, and it will likely vanish sooner than later–making it even rarer than the Chevrolet Spark EV among GM electric cars.

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Over more than two years of sales, from December 2013 through last month, exactly 2,407 copies of the ELR have been sold.

That compares to expectations of 5,000 or more units a year when the car launched as a 2014 model.

The bulk of the ELRs sold to date are 2014 models,

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GM rolls last Chevy Volt off Detroit assembly line

With the end of Chevrolet Volt production last week, it looks more like pure electric cars are winning the race to transform driving over more complicated, if versatile plug-in hybrids.

GM built the last 2019 Chevy Volt on February 15, and in a ceremony last Tuesday it rolled off the assembly line at GM’s Hamtramck factory in Detroitafter building almost 160,000 of the cars since 2011. The end came two weeks earlier than the company originally announced.

On Friday, General Motors announced that it would temporarily extend production at Hamtramck for seven more months, through January 2020, but only for other models built at the plant, the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6, many of which are sold in fleets.

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The Volt gave the first indication this century the GM is serious about building electric cars, with a development budget

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2014 Cadillac ELR Electric Luxury Coupe To Arrive Late 2013

You may remember that last August, we broke the story that what is now called the 2014 Cadillac ELR electric coupe got the green light for production by GM’s overlords.

An abashed GM confirmed the story a few days later and released the name of the new model, known until then as the Converj concept car.

Now, we learn via GMInsideNews that another anonymous source says the ELR will enter production roughly 18 months from now at the same Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant where the Chevrolet Volt is built.

Production will begin, GMI’s source says, late in the 2013 calendar year–compared to some recent GM models that have gone on sale as early as February of the preceding year.

For 2014, the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric car will be sold only in the U.S. Exports to Europe and China could begin the

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2014 Cadillac ELR Electric Car Will Be Built Next To Volt, GM Confirms

Color us, oh, not very surprised at all.

General Motors confirmed yesterday that it would build the 2014 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, on the same line that builds the ELR’s Chevrolet Volt sibling.

While this had long been discussed in the industry, GM made it official with an announcement that said preparations for ELR assembly “will soon be under way,” and that production itself would begin late next year.

The announcement was made by Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

The company’s press release pegged the cost of adding the new model to Detroit-Hamtramck at $35 million, bringing GM’s total investment in the plant since December 2009 to more than $560 million.

As well as the Volt, Detroit-Hamtramck builds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan, one of two sites to do so.

The plant is now being tooled up for production of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan

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Updated 2016 Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe For LA Auto Show

While much of the electric-car world is anticipating the next Chevy Volt, which will launch in January, GM’s other range-extended electric car will be getting some changes before then.

According to Edmunds, an updated 2016 Cadillac ELR will debut in November at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Cadillac spokesperson David Caldwell confirmed the debut to Edmunds on Monday, saying the revised ELR would have unspecified “engineering enhancements.”

He declined to provide any details on those enhancements.

2014 Cadillac ELR 2-door Coupe Steering Wheel

Cadillac has sold only 780 of its ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe through August since it first went on sale last December.

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Many analysts attribute this to the price, which starts at

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10 lessons from the short life of the Chevy Volt, 2011-2019

On February 15, GM ended production of the innovative Chevrolet Volt with little fanfare. Over two generations and nine model years, the company sold more than 150,000 of the compact plug-in hybrid hatchbacks.

In automotive time, nine model years isn’t that long. The best brand names live for decades: think Ford F-150, or Honda Civic, or Toyota Corolla.

So the short life of the Chevrolet Volt is unusual.

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GM hasn’t said if its Voltec plug-in hybrid technology will survive in any future vehicles, but industry rumors suggest the company will give up on hybrids with plugs and put all its eggs in the battery-electric basket.

The Volt is much-mourned by its owners and drivers, largely in North America, along with a handful in Europe, where it was briefly sold as the Opel Ampera.

Conceived in the mid-2000s, the Volt survived GM’s 2009

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