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Cadillac ELR gives paddle shifters new purpose

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

We're learning more about the Cadillac ELR, which is set to hit showrooms in limited quantities early next year. Cadillac revealed Friday that the Volt in luxury clothing will use paddle shifters in a whole new way. Instead of using them to shift through gears, ELR drivers will be able to tap the paddles to engage a new feature called Regen on Demand.

Essentially, Regen on Demand allows the driver to use regenerative braking to slow down instead of tapping the brake pedal. Regen on Demand cannot completely stop the car, but it does add a bit of downshift feel while providing added opportunity to send energy back to ELR's battery.

To engage Regen on Demand, drivers just take their foot off of the gas pedal and pull back on either of the paddles.

“Regen on Demand enables ELR drivers to actively recapture energy when slowing down, such as when approaching slower traffic or setting up for a tight turn,” said Chris Thomason, ELR chief engineer. Thomason also said the feature will allow ELR driver to take a more active role in the driving experience.

This feature will add some novelty to the ELR at least, and we look forward to giving it a whirl.

By Sherrice Gilsbach