Cadillac ELR may debut as a 2014 model

Although technically not an electric vehicle, the Cadillac ELR does have a plug – it’s an extended range plug-in vehicle that Cadillac says will likely be available late next year as a 2014 model year debut.

The Cadillac ELR is essentially a fancy version of the Chevy Volt with a similar powertrain setup. GM is hoping the ELR will build on the Chevy Volt’s recent momentum by noting the Cadillac ELR extended range plug-in is expected to have a longer electric only range than the Chevy Volt’s 35 miles.

The Chevy Volt, which launched in late 2010, has had troubles gaining traction until recently. In March GM sold a record 2,289 Volts and in April that number dipped to 1,462 which was triple the number of Chevy Volts sold in April 2011.

GM reps haven’t responded to a request for comment about the price of the Cadillac ELR, but last August Bloomberg News reported that the ELR would cost less than the base model Tesla Model S, which costs $57,400.