We can now say for sure that Cadillac is offering the 2014 ELR and it comes with a regenerative braking on demand system. This is the first electric vehicle with extended range capability and it will be available for purchase at the beginning of next year. The paddle shifters of the model enable the driver to temporarily regenerate energy and store it as electricity in the battery pack for later use, which always comes in handy. The Regen on Demand feature is special and unique to the compact luxury coupe and was developed on the heritage of the Cadillac.
This function enables drivers to re-capture energy when slowing down, such as when approaching slower traffic or setting up for a tight turn, according to ELR chief engineer, Chris Thomason. What the driver needs to do is take the foot off the accelerator and pull back on either the left of right steering-wheel paddle to begin regenerating electricity. With this feature, the vehicle decelerates, providing control and dynamic performance characteristics similar to downshifting in a manual-transmission vehicle. The driver has the possibility to engage and disengage Regen on Demand as desired and as traffic conditions allow.
How does it work? Well, during regenerative braking, the system converts the momentum of the vehicle to electrical power and stores the energy in the T-shaped battery pack located along the centerline of the car. To be more precise, it is between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The advanced electric drive unit is capable of generating 295 lb. ft. of torque. The energy stored in the battery offers a 35 mile range of pure electric drive. The system has a standard 4-channel anti-lock braking system and includes electronic Brake Force Distribution, which uses independent rear control for improved stability and braking during cornering.
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