2015 Cadillac ELR To Get Chevy Volt’s 17.1 kWh Battery

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 19

2015 Cadillac ELR To Get 17.1 kWh Battery

2015 Cadillac ELR To Get 17.1 kWh Battery

According to Hybrid Cars:

“Cadillac has struggled to sell the 2014 ELR this year, is now quietly offering around $12,500 in rebates, and discounting, and its 16.5-kwh battery will be replaced with a 17.1-kwh pack like the Chevy Volt just got.”

Makes perfect sense to us.

The Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR share almost all powertrain components, so it’s practically a given that the ELR will get the 17.1-kWh pack like the Chevy Volt did for 2015.

Hybrid Cars adds:

“The timing for the ELR’s battery upgrade will be in a few months when the ELR sees its change-over from 2014 model year specification to 2015, according to an industry source with knowledge of the matter.”

There’s no official word on whether or not the ELR will be re-tested by the EPA after this pack upgrade.  The Volt was not re-certified for 2015, so its EPA-rated range remains unchanged.

However, Hybrid Cars states “…assuming the ELR gets 0.6-kwh more, it could see its EPA-certified all-electric range increase from 37 miles to maybe 39 miles or so.”

We highly doubt the ELR will be retested, so expect the range and MPGe figures to be unchanged going into 2015.

Model Year 2015 Chevy Volt Info

Model Year 2015 Chevy Volt Info

 

Source: Hybrid Cars

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19 responses to "2015 Cadillac ELR To Get Chevy Volt’s 17.1 kWh Battery"

  1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Will the 2015’s price be cut $25k as well, in a tacit admission that ELR’s price was criminally ridiculous in the first place?

    1. Taser54 says:

      Refrain from the hyperbole. “Criminally”? Please.

  2. sven says:

    “There’s no official word on whether or not the ELR will be re-tested by the EPA after this pack upgrade.”

    I thought the EPA doesn’t physically test the EV range on plug-ins or for that matter the MPG figures on ICE cars. I thought the EPA relies on figures provided by the automakers on the honor system. Didn’t Ford have to restate the MPG figures it provided to the EPA for their plugins, hybrids, and ICE vehicles.

  3. ffbj says:

    Well? Whatever the traffic will bear. Apparently they could not bear the exorbitantly overpriced ELR.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      From what I’ve read, most of the people that consider it over-priced are those that cannot afford it. Not much of a surprise there.

      Those that have purchased, from what I’ve read, have loved the quite ride and all the features it brings to the table.

      Cadillac buyers will prefer the ELR to the Volt for the same reasons that they prefer an Escalade to a Chevy Suburban.

      1. Andrew says:

        From what I’ve read, there’s a year’s supply of 2014 ELRs with easy $25,000 discounts.

        That means there’s plenty of people who can afford the thing who don’t want it. Based on the zero-day supply of Teslas it’s not hard to see where they went.

        Of course the people that have one LOOOVVEEE it. If you had just been swindled out of $80,000 for a dolled-up Chevy you’d have to fool yourself into justifying its cost as well.

        1. pjwood says:

          I don’t have one, and am not trying to make myself feel better when I say adaptive cruise, sunroof, alcantara, power/memory seats, suspension and, well, LOOKS distinguish the car, among other things.

          It was too expensive, for those who can afford it. 75k is easily the price range where buyers begin to focus more on the likely depreciation, than where they’ll find the pile of money. How many GM products fetch ~15k, or better after 70-100k miles? Darn close to none. So, what was Cadillac originally asking for the ELR? About 60k, to own it. It would have been, at least, conflicting, to think of spending that kind of money knowing you’ll save only a few back on gas.

  4. Lad says:

    I would drop production of the ELR model; as long as it’s offered, it damages the brand. People are convinced it’s an overpriced, rebadged Volt with leather.

    I would plan to release a new car under the brand that has unique features, including it’s own driveline, i.e., a PHEV with a much larger traction battery.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      I agree that the minority pro-plug-in community people think it’s an overpriced, rebadged Volt. But I also think that has a lot to do with the demographics of the early adopter community.

      Escalade sales do quite well despite a Chevy Suburban being available that is very similar. There needs to be a luxury offering for plug-ins, and hopefully Cadillac will continue to work through how best to market it.

  5. JRMW says:

    I doubt the problem is that people think of the ELR as a rebranded Volt.
    The ELR is a great car.

    The problem is that it costs about the same as a Tesla.

    If you are at Tesla prices, you had better be a Tesla killer. The ELR isn’t.

    Range anxiety really doesn’t happen much with a Tesla. Affluent people who can afford a Tesla rarely (if ever) drive > 200-300 miles per day. The RARE time they do? They’ll use their other 1 or 2 or 3 cars, or they’ll fly.

    Thus the ELR Range extender is solving a problem that isn’t very prevalent to the Teslarati.

    Volvo and BMW better pay attention to this issue when they release their PHEVs next year as well.

    I’m glad that there are increased offerings for increased desires. But you really gotta know your market here.

    1. vdiv says:

      The only Model S owner at work has a 115-mile round trip commute, which is the reason why he opted for the car.

  6. EV says:

    ELR’s covered in dust at the caddy dealers, and the salesmen didnt even come out when i walked on to the lot.

    Clearly they dont give a shit about the car

  7. David Murray says:

    The ELR is a fine automobile. The trouble is, like others have said, is that it is priced like a Tesla but isn’t really competitive with a Tesla.

    1. Spec9 says:

      And not only that, Cadillac was not a good brand to electrify. Yes, it is their high-end luxury brand . . . but it is Grandpa luxury brand known for big engines, bad handling, and massive land-barge bodies.

      1. Boomer says:

        Land-barge bodies? Come on. That kind of reference to Cadillac is really out of touch. The award winning ATS is super competitive with the 3 Series and the CTS is better looking than any vehicle coming out of Germany these days in my view. As for the ELR, it is one of the best looking cars on the road today. If one is looking for straight up style and their commute falls within the constraints of the ELR drive train and they also want the freedom to really travel unincumbered, The ELR is a great choice for many. I used to be a BMW committed buyer and still have one, but Cadillac has caught the eye of many and I hope they keep innovating with their current line and keep the new Cadillac brand progressing. Let’s stop bashing the brand with last century’s product line and give them some credit for the great vehicles they are making now!

  8. Dan says:

    Drop the price of the ELR down to $50k and Cadillac will steal a great number of i3 REx buyers.

  9. socalvolt says:

    Saw the ELR today at a local dealer – sweet ride but 36 month lease at $699/month + tax? My Volt lease is $213 … the ELR is not 3x the Volt especially after incentives.

  10. Bill Howland says:

    One Big problem with the ELR is that the headroom in the rear seats is not large enough for the average male adult.

    This makes it good most of the time for 2 adults and 2 kids.

    I’m also a bit bamboozled by the instrument cluster. Much too complex.

    Maybe I should just either wait for a 2016 volt, or buy a 2015 one, since I can tolerate the VOlt display.. I’d like to find a volt with nicer seats though.

    My test drive of the ELR was very depressing to me. The driveability was fine, but I found it ridiculously hard to turn on the hvac, or get any info out of the ‘screens’. People who love big IPADS (maybe they’re copying Tesla) will love it, but it drives me nuts. Perhaps that’s why I was underwhelmed when I test drove the model S.

    I like my dinky touch screen in the roadster.

    Hummm, maybe i’ll just trade the roadster in for another volt. Reliability is a big issue with me, and the volt has been pretty good.

  11. Jeff says:

    IMO, the basic design of the ELR was not thought through. Had it been a several extra inches larger (for adults) and priced several thousand lower, it COULD have been a contender.
    Read it here first… I predict 2017 will be the last model year for the ELR.