Chief engineer describes chassis, Cue system and safety features as new and different
The Cadillac ELR, launched at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, is an extended-range electric luxury coupe set to appear in Cadillac showrooms in early 2014.
While the ELR could be described as the Cadillac version of the Chevy Volt, ELR chief engineer Chris Thomason says his team’s goal was to “provide a ride-and-handling character unlike any EV on the market today.”
ECOtality, Inc. will offer its Blink® smart charging stations free to residents and commercial host sites in the metropolitan Chicago and greater Philadelphia areas as part of its expansion of The EV Project, a public-private partnership with the Department of Energy.
“By signing up for a free charger, EV owners can take part in this massive research project that can help reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil,” said ECOtality Chief Innovation Officer Don Karner.
The 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox will be the first vehicles to offer Chevy MyLink, an in-car infotainment package that leverages OnStar safety and security features and also integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity. QNX Software Systems, which provides the operating system for OnStar, is also supplying the operating system for MyLink.
Buehler and Inergy are currently conducting final tests and adjustments to the co-developed SCR system, and production is planned for 2011. Designed to meet stringent 2014 Euro 6 regulations for CO2 emissions reduction in diesel-fuel automotive engines, the Inergy DINOX SCR systems will be adopted by select 2011 Audi and General Motors diesel-fuel vehicles. Specific vehicle models have not been determined.