There are no other plug-in electric luxury coupes on the market, so the 2014 Cadillac ELR probably competes with plug-in vehicles in other segments.
The clear leader in luxury electric cars is the Tesla Model S, a tour de force from the Silicon Valley startup carmaker that's stylish, powerful, exclusive, and offers electric range of more than 200 miles in both versions.
It's priced from $70,000 up (before incentives), more expensive than we expect the ELR will be, but it will hold four adults and lots of luggage comfortably--it's simply larger than the compact ELR.
On the other hand, the ELR dispenses with range anxiety--and does so without compromising performance, unlike the tiny 34-hp range extender that will be offered in the BMW i3 five-door hatchback electric car, which goes on sale early next year about the same time as the ELR.
Finally, there's the Volt, which has less onboard technology, less luxurious interior fittings and materials, and slightly less performance.
It does, however, likely offer a few more miles of electric range.
|2014 Cadillac ELR||2014 BMW i3||2014 Chevrolet Volt|
|$75,000Browse Used Listings||$41,350Browse Used Listings||$34,185Browse Used Listings|
|31 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe||4-Door HB||5-Door HB|
|Front wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive|