Cadillac ELR Electric Car Could Be Rear Drive

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

An article in Automotive News suggests that the Cadillac ELR, which will share major driveline components with the Chevrolet Volt, will actually be rear-wheel drive.

The report states that the ELR has been dubbed a 2+2, meaning two small seats in the rear, similar to a Porsche 911. The Volt uses a t-shaped battery pack that is adapted for a front-drive layout, but a 2+2 configuration would allow for the battery pack to be mounted in such a way as to clear a driveshaft sending power to the rear wheels.

Rick Kranz, the author of the piece, suggests that rear seat room would be compromised, but the 2+2 layout of the coupe – plus the use of the rear-drive platform shared with the Cadillac ATS – would allow for Cadillac to justify a price premium over the Chevrolet Volt, something that new sheetmetal and an advanced infotainment system would not be able to achieve. If this report turns out to be accurate, then the ELR could be a game changer, as the first front-engine rear-drive electric car on the market.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Tpolen61 Tpolen61 on May 13, 2012

    Why would they have to run a driveshaft? The beauty of an electric drivetrain is that to change from front to rear wheel drive, all you have to do is move the electric motor. The only reason a driveshaft would be needed is if the gas engine mechanically connected to the wheels, which if it does (meaning that the Volt does too), GM can't call it an "Extended Range Electric Car", it would be a "plug-in hybrid". Honestly, I'd rather have a pure EV.

    • Car Lover Car Lover on Oct 20, 2013

      At the projected price of the ELR which has been stated on more than one source, the ELR demands to be all wheel drive. Anything less is a Volt in Wolves clothing.