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2016 ELR Advances with More Power, Technology

April 15, 2015 in Cadillac ELR, Detroit, Electric Vehicles, EV News, GM, Manufacturing, Michigan, North America

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2016 ELR Advances with More Power, Technology

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced the ELR electrified luxury coupe will offer a host of upgrades for the 2016 model year, including boosts in acceleration, driving performance and connectivity.

Major product upgrades include a more than 25 percent boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.5 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package.

“ELR’s combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive design is unlike any other coupe in the luxury segment,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “The upgraded ELR offers enhanced driving performance for buyers seeking uncompromising luxury and exquisite craftsmanship with electrification technology. It is unique in the luxury category, in that it completely eliminates conventional concerns over driving range, which has been the Achilles’ heel of other competitors in the luxury segment.”

Distinguished by a new grille and Cadillac’s new crest, the 2016 ELR, which features the first application of extended-range electric vehicle technology by a full-line luxury automotive brand, will start at $58,495 net pricing after U.S. federal tax credits.

The 2016 ELR’s steering and suspension upgrades include:

  1. Revised calibration of the HiPer Strut front suspension
  2. Increased front spring rates and a stiffer rear axle
  3. Stiffer bushings for the front lower control arms, cradle mounts and Watts link in the rear suspension, for more precise control with no loss of ride quality
  4. Revised calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control system
  5. Front Damper Rebound Spring added
  6. New steering calibration tuned to complement the revised chassis and suspension systems
  7. Revised brake hardware and system calibration for improved application feel.

A new optional Performance Package elevates the ELR’s driving experience further with greater handling and braking capability – and a more direct, linear feel for the driver. The ELR Performance Package includes:

  1. New 20-inch summer-only performance tires – mounted on new sport wheels – that improve lateral grip by nearly 10 percent
  2. Front Brembo four-piston brake calipers (with the Cadillac script), with 13.6-inch-diameter vented front rotors and 12.4-inch vented rear rotors that improve 60-to-0 mph stopping distance by nearly 12 percent
  3. Specific calibrations for the Continuous Damping Control and electric power steering systems
  4. Sport steering wheel with a thicker rim for a sportier feel.

ELR propulsion and drive technology

All 2016 ELRs contain software upgrades to the battery system improving power and acceleration, with EV range growing on the base model.

Additionally, the 2016 ELR has a modified Sport mode that enables the propulsion system to combine engine and electric motor power to take the ELR from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, a 1.5 second improvement from the current model.

ELR continues to offer Regen on Demand, recipient of Green Car Journal’s 2014 Green Car Technology Award. Slightly enhanced for the 2016 model to improve deceleration, Regen on Demand allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the ELR’s momentum into electricity and store in the battery pack for later use.

Regen on Demand supports a more engaging driving experience by slowing the vehicle when entering a turn to better position it on the exit, much like downshifting with a manual transmission. Regen on Demand is engaged via steering-wheel paddles adapted from traditional performance cars.

The ELR offers a full driving range of up to 330 miles (530 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered engine-generator. It’s a combination that means most daily commutes will require zero gasoline with zero tailpipe emissions. Longer trips are free from electric-vehicle range anxiety because the ELR’s technology enables the long-distance travel similar to vehicles powered only by gasoline.

The T-shaped battery pack is located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The 5.5-foot-long (1.6 m), 435-pound (198 kg) pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 373 lb-ft of instant torque (506 Nm) to propel the vehicle.

Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 39 miles (60 km) of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. The optional Performance Package reduces EV range by about four miles as a result of the enhanced grip of the 20-inch summer-only tires.

ELR’s battery can be charged using either a 120- or 240-volt charger. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about five hours using 240V charging, depending on the outside temperature.

The ELR’s battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty or 10 years/150,000 miles in states following Air Resource Board guidelines.

Personal technology

The 2016 ELR will be one of the industry’s most-connected vehicles, with new and enhanced features designed to extend technologies woven into nearly every facet of customers’ lives.

OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network and the Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven connected devices.

ELR drivers and passengers can also recharge their enabled phones wirelessly with a new magnetic inductive charge spot on the instrument panel. There is no need to plug the phone in for charging, leaving the ELR’s USB ports free for other devices.

Interior luxury and technology

For 2016, the Driver Assistance active safety systems, optional on the current ELR, are standard and include side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and Intellibeam headlamps. Lane change alert and a new vehicle security system are also standard. Adaptive cruise control is available.

Additional interior features include:

  1. Cut-and-sew interior
  2. Available Semi-Aniline full leather seating
  3. Sueded microfiber headliner and supporting trim
  4. Eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, offering four configurations ranging from elegantly simple to technologically detailed information
  5. Three USB ports
  6. Power-assist covered storage/cup holder in the center console
  7. Fold-down rear seatbacks to accommodate longer items such as skis and golf clubs

Editors’ note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Includes dealer freight charges and option package discounts.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: GM.

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2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Repriced to Offer Greater Value

April 14, 2015 in California, Detroit, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, GM, Maryland, Michigan, North America, Oregon, Spark EV

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2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Repriced to Offer Greater Value

DETROITChevrolet announced today Spark EV 1LT’s new manufacturer’s suggested retail price would start at $25,995. Depending on an individual’s tax situation, the Spark EV is eligible for federal tax credit up to $7,500.

“Chevrolet is committed to making EV driving more accessible, affordable and fun” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Car and Crossover Marketing. “The Spark EV is already the most efficient – and one of the most affordable – EVs you can buy. 2015 Spark EV customers will benefit from an impressive blend of technology, capability and low cost of ownership, now at an even more impressive price.”

California and Maryland Spark EV owners may also qualify for a $2,500 California state rebate or $2,300 Maryland excise tax exemption. Additional Chevrolet bonus cash is also available: $1,000 in California, $1,200 in Maryland, and $3,500 in Oregon. After full federal and state tax credits and Chevrolet bonus cash, the Spark EV could be as low as $14,995. Individuals should consult a tax professional prior to claiming any credits to confirm eligibility for tax benefits.

Spark EV owners in California and Maryland are also eligible for High-Occupancy Vehicle, or carpool lane, access

A $139 per month* sign-and-drive lease for 39 months with $0 due at lease signing including security deposit but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees, is also available, making the Chevrolet Spark EV one of the most affordable EVs on the market.

Compared to the average new gas-powered vehicle, the Spark EV can save drivers, on average, about $83 per month in fuel costs according to EPA assessments based on 24 mpg highway for an average vehicle and 12 cents per kWh of electricity cost.  More details are available at

Currently available at select Chevrolet dealers throughout California and Oregon, select Chevrolet dealers in Maryland will have Spark EV’s available beginning in mid-2015.

More than 90 percent of Spark EV owners are trading in a non-GM nameplate or adding a new car to the household.

“The Chevrolet Spark EV is helping us reach new buyers in critical markets like Los Angeles,” said Majoros. “Spark EV owners recognize the car as an opportunity to drive an all-electric vehicle that fits their budget and lifestyle.” The Spark EV features a combined city/highway EPA estimated range of 82 miles when fully charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent.

The Spark EV is compatible with the SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging as an available option. The capability enables the Spark EV to recharge up to 80 percent of its capacity in approximately 20 minutes at select DC Fast Charging stations based on charging levels and outside temperature.

Unlike most competitors, the Spark EV’s battery system is capable of handling multiple compatible DC Fast Charges daily. Charging can also be completed in less than seven hours using a dedicated 240V charge. A 120V charge cord set comes standard. Charging can be managed and monitored remotely using the Spark EV’s smart phone application, provided by OnStar, which is standard for three years. The vehicle’s 19 kWh lithium-ion battery pack offers limited warranty protection of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Editors’ note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Includes dealer freight charges and option package discounts.

*Lease example based on survey. Each dealership sets its own price. Your payments may vary. Payments are for a 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV with an MSRP of $25,995. 39 monthly payments total $5,421. Option to purchase at lease end for an amount to be determined at lease signing. GM Financial must approve lease. Take delivery by April 30, 2015. Mileage charge of $.25/mile over 10,000 miles. Lessee pays for excess wear. Payments may be higher in some states. Not available with some other offers. Residency restrictions apply.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: GM.

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S. Korea’s EV Market to Grow Fivefold by 2016

April 14, 2015 in Asia, BMW, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, GM, Hyundai, Kia, Korea, Renault, Samsung

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S. Korea’s EV Market to Grow Fivefold by 2016

SEOUL – South Korea’s electric vehicle (EV) market is anticipated to expand more than fivefold by next year on the back of government subsidies to boost sales of the eco-friendly cars, ministry officials said Tuesday.

As of the end of last year, the number of registered battery-powered cars in the country stood at 3,044 units, with subsidies to be provided for 3,090 units this year, according to the Ministry of Environment.

With the addition of 150 billion won (US$136.82 million) that the environment ministry has requested as an annual budget for 2016 to help buyers purchase a total of 10,000 EVs, the combined figure is expected to reach 16,134 units, about 5.3 times the current amount, ministry officials said.

In line with the government’s moves to increase growth of the electric car market, automakers are also pushing to launch new EV models, as well as lower the price of existing models.

South Korea’s top carmaker, Hyundai Motor Co., said it is planning on releasing such a vehicle for the first time in 2016.

“We will be launching an EV sometime next year,” a Hyundai Motor official said. “There are not enough charging stations in the country, but as the necessary infrastructure is established, the EV market will expand rapidly, and we are getting ready for that time.”

Others that have already introduced EV models of their own, including Kia Motors Corp., Renault Samsung Motors Co., GM Korea Co. and BMW AG, have also set out to cut prices or provide similar benefits, according to industry watchers.

As part of plans to help popularize EVs, the government will build more charging facilities throughout the country.

“Currently, there are 237 EV chargers in South Korea, but we will set up 100 more this year at expressway service areas to help drivers travel long distances,” a ministry official said.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Korea Bizwire.