2014 Cadillac ELR 0-60 In 7.8 Seconds* (8.8 In EV Mode), 37 Miles Range + ALL The Other Specs

NOV 21 2013 BY JAY COLE 50

The Cadillac ELR is currently headed into production at GM’s Michigan (Hamtramck) assembly plant, with first deliveries happening in January of 2014.

And other than some initial loose estimates on performance and a price tag starting from $75,995, we didn’t really know any of the main specs of interest on the extended range luxury vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt.

Cadillac ELR First Available For Test Drives This January

Cadillac ELR First Available For Test Drives This January

That is until now, as Cadillac has finally released a full preliminary spec sheet on the ELR.

Highlights of interest is a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds*, but only while burning gas.  In all electric mode it gets a near identical to the Chevrolet Volt time of 8.8 seconds.

As a result of this similar performance in EV mode, the estimate for all electric range has increased since GM first said the Caddy would get about 35 miles of range…that number has increased to 37 miles – although we have a feeling most ELR buyers would probably prefer the ability to beat a $40,000 less expensive Chevy Volt off the line electrically if given the choice over 2 miles of extra range.


0-60 mph:7.8 sec. – range extending mode 8.8 sec. EV mode
Top speed (mph):106  (up from earlier estimate of 100 mph)
EV range (combined city/hwy):37 miles / 60 km
EV / Extended range:More than 345 miles / 555 km (pending EPA certification), including EV on fully charged battery and full tank of fuel (est.)


Other comparisons of note between the Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Volt:

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    Weight: 4,050 lbs – Volt: 3,785

  • Length: 186″ – Volt: 177″
  • Width: 72.7″ – Volt: 70.4″
  • MPG (ICE): 33 MPG (est) – Volt 37 MPG
  • MPGe: 82 (est)- Volt: 98
  • Heated/Cooled Cup Holders With Motorized Cover: 2 – Volt: 0


Full “as of now” Spec Sheet On The 2014 Cadillac ELR:

2014 Cadillac ELR Specs (page 1)

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50 Comments on "2014 Cadillac ELR 0-60 In 7.8 Seconds* (8.8 In EV Mode), 37 Miles Range + ALL The Other Specs"

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This is great info. And still I haven’t seen any data on the BMW i3’s range-extended performance.

So if its the same as the Volt then my freaking smart ED is quicker than it, LMAO.

Im done.

Quicker to 30mph. NOT sure if the SMART ED would be the same to 60mph.

Plus, Smart ED is smaller and less safe.

But Spark EV is faster than both the Volt and ELR.

Smart ED is 6.5 seconds to 60 KILOMETERS PER HOUR!! LOL

The Smart ED is the slowest plug-in, behind the iMiEV.
(I’ll have to update my charts adding in the ELR with and * for gas mode only)

graph could use the P85’s 3.8 0-60, for a few more LOLs.

Aww… a cushy EV for grandpa. Adorable.

You don’t understand how this car works.

Let me explain. In gas mode when you get your extra 1 second, the car is in series mode. You know what series mode is right???
It means that that the gas engine is turning its little generator and supplementing electricity to the traction motor, So the good news is that the traction motor can supply all the power needed to make this car go.

The bad news is that the battery pack is not capable of supplying the full amount of power.

Are you sure the car doesn’t engage all three clutches and have the gas engine directly help the drivetrain? (Honest question, not bait.)

When all three clutches engage, the car runs in parallel mode. When 1 or 2 of the clutches are engaged, the car runs in series mode.

No Aaron.
We have data from instrumented cars that shows that, under full acceleration, the car runs in series.

i read that at the highest speeds, the ICE runs in parallel through a series of clutches. I still can’t figure out why my LEAF can beat the Volts around town in the 0-30 mph sprint even though it has much less HP.

Because the volt weights 3800 pounds, that’s why.

Gearing ratio as well.

Plus, it is ONLY 0.1 second we are talking about here.

That is why Nissan tops out at a lowly 92 mph…

I also doubt it. In order for the gas engine to output its max power it needs to be revved to a high RPM, which it cannot do when coupled to the wheels. The direct drive mode is for efficiency, not power.

exactly David. People just don’t get it. You can’t get faster acceleration out of this car by engaging power link.

Actually you can.

Engine directly connects to wheels (or maybe the e-CVT allows engine RPM changes while directly connected (parallel), along with full electric motor power. This is on a Volt.

*0-60 of 7 seconds is reliably do-able with the hack presented in that video. Reflashing the engine ECU of the Volt

Also, the limitation in the Voltec powertrain is the battery. Its motor is far more powerful than what the battery can crank out at peak current.

The extra boost from generator allow that peak power at sustained output rate….

Most modern batteries can handle 10C discharge. That’s 165kW for the Voltec battery. There will be some losses in the inverter, but between it and the generator, The Voltec powertrain is capable of feeding 200kW into the inverter.

It’s quite likely that the motor is the limit. Horrible design decision by GM, IMO, because it doesn’t cost much to increase motor power.

How many times do I have to explain.
It’s not a motor limit. The motor is capable of the full 150 kw, don’t forget we are in series mode. There’s no fancy clutch work. There is no mechanical link. It’s pure and simple series. The reason they run the ICE is because the battery can not supply the full 150 kw at full voltage.
It is a battery sizing issue not a motor sizing issue.

I can’t speak for Mint but I think he is referring to the electric motor. For a $75k car it is reasonable to think they would upsize the drive motor. Would serve as a good first step toward a Voltinox CUV drivetrain as well.

It’s possible that the gear train can’t support more than 150 kw.

First of all, Volt’s battery is NEVER fully charged. So, by using your formula, it doesn’t have that peak power.

Also, don’t we all know that Voltec will limited the high discharge rate to protect the battery. Yes, modern batteries can do that, but frequently doing that will accelerated aging. GM is babying that battery like no others. So, it doesn’t allow that.

The limit is still at the battery, NOT the electric motor.

Also, in order for the ICE to couple power to the wheel, the generator has to spin up to modulate the engine output as well and its max output will be limited (reduced) by the planetary gearset. The max power is easily achieved if it is driven straight out of the electric motor.

Its basically the same Synergy Drive that the Volt has. I don’t see why its so hard to accept that the output from the battery is somewhat less than Ideal when the gas pedal is floored. However its just speculation on my part until this can be definitively stated one way or the other. So if its battery- limiting , so to speak, then don’t believe me, but look at the big difference in acceleration rates between the plain 40, 60 and 85 kwh teslas. All the same motor, just different sized batteries.. The 40 kwh battery was significantly slower. This one is 16.5 kwh, so there’s hardly any battery here to begin with. So if this is the case, The main motor just needs a bit of a boost of power to handle the acceleration. It would be interesting if they gave out the peak power output available from motor #1, which I was under the impression was 110 kw. The key word here is peak power. If it truly is 110 kw and motor 2 can only work as a generator during engine on acceleration, then it does seem that the engine must mechanically help motor #1. But… Read more »

Hummm, the specs do say 135 Kw maximum power (assumedly under any mode) “from the 2 motors” , but then they say maximum drive power of 162 KW. So one would logically assume that 27 kw must be mechanically coupled from the engine itself. Otherwise where does the ‘drive power’ come from?

Grandpa will love it.

I am a grandpa and I wouldn’t pay 75K for a volt in fancy clothes

Grandpa who used to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Finally, an {ER}EV an oil baron can finally appreciate with 33 MPG when the engine is running. I’ll not be standing in line for this one, though if I never needed to back out of a parking spot, I’d love the styling.

Who cares? You shouldn’t be using the engine for more than 30% of your miles anyway.

Interesting that they’re calling the 110v charger a ‘travel’ charger. Like it’s not supposed to be used every day. Also, did they get rid of 12amps? The charge time on 110v is very long.

Do you expect Cadillac drivers to take out and put away the 110V EVSE every day? They are catering to their demographic. I’m surprised they are not including a 240V EVSE with it at that exorbitant price.

The charge time is consistent with 12A (about 12 hours) and 8A (about 18 hours) on the Volt.

Or built in wireless charging.

In a way I am “relieved” that now there is a plugin more hated than the Volt. I am not disappointed about how GM made and priced the “limited” ELR. I am disappointed that they have not evolved and put the Voltec drive train in other vehicles three years after the release of the Volt.

The Volt was developed in three years.

I too don’t know why GM has not released this drive train into the already designed CrossVolt suv.

But it is fun to finally see another application of the Voltec.

I was a bit taken aback by the price also, but Scott200 listed a table from a GMVOLT site showing that, when taking the Model S’s extremely high option prices into account, that if its a Loaded Car you Want, then the ELR is the far better value.

Way too much money for this car. I would have paid 50 or 55k but bought a Tesla instead. Taking delivery day after tomorrow!

“although we have a feeling most ELR buyers would probably prefer the ability to beat a $40,000 less expensive Chevy Volt off the line electrically if given the choice over 2 miles of extra range.”

All they have to do is put it in “Hold Mode”.

Well, I suppose anything that helps push us to a pure EV future is good but this is a breathtakingly boring car. Are there any Cadillac die-hards left?

Reminds me of the scene from The Wire where Snoop, the contract killer girl, buys a nail gun. “…the man says this here’s the Cadillac. He mean Lexus but he didn’t know it”.

Why does it take 5 hours to charge at 220V? Seems much longer than the Volt. My 2012 charges in 4 hours and the ELR battery just has 0.5 kwhrs more.

Old folks cars are always slower.

Cadillacs (and Buicks for that matter) are no longer considered “old folks” cars.

Maybe they are using a higher percentage of the battery or the battery is bigger….

I’m thinking this is absolute worst case, such as using a very small EVSE. Or perhaps during the very cold weather, when some juice has to go to preheat the battery. My 2011 volt usually takes only 3 3/4 hours, so beyond the 10% increase in battery capacity (taking 10 % more time), they may also be including ‘cabin preheating’ time into the equation.

Perhaps the car charger (travel charger) is expected to be left in the car and you are to buy a second 120 volt or 240 volt evse for your home use. I would imagine the Cadillac Sales dept thinks somewhat differently from your typical chevy dealership.

The extra 300 lbs doesn’t help….

I wonder what GM is going to do if there is ever a demand for a ELR-V….

Why would it take 5 hours to charge on 240? Is it a 17 KWH battery or are they using more of the battery thus you need more charge time?


FOcus 24kw takes 3.5 hrs

6.6KW vs. 3.3KW charger.

I still don’t see why the media portrays this as a Model S competitor. It’s in the same price range, and there’s electricity in there somewhere. So much for the comparison. This car is not a Model S competitor.

I want those seats.