Buying an electric car is no more an extravagance. Chevrolet Volt and Tesla S managed to impose a new trend on the market, Hollywood stars being promoters of the green cars.
The trend is confirmed by the sales in the first quarter. Tesla has sold 6457 electric cars in the U.S.A and 30,000 internationally, which is a spectacular progress that shows that people are beginning to trust the electric propulsion.
After Chevrolet Volt, General Motors is trying, this year, to enter the niche with the first electric luxury coupe, Cadillac ELR, a car with a spectacular look and premium equipment. Even if the design is seductive and the interior is luxurious, Cadillac ELR doesn’t excel when it comes to the performance chapter.
Testla S reaches 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, compared to 7.8 in the case of ELR, and the Cadillac has a maximum range of 480 km, with nearly 100 km below the Tesla S Model.
Cadillac ELR has the same powertrain as the Volt/Ampera, consisting of an electric motor powered by a Li-Ion battery and a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that works as a generator of electricity. The system has a total output of 154kW/207hp. The 16.5kWh battery can be recharged from a normal socket of 240V in 4.5 hours.
The car costs more than double than the Nissan Leaf, the best-selling electric car in the U.S. that costs $29,000.