Vehicles with traditional gasoline engines are getting an electric boost with new light electrification technologies.
As we add all-electric vehicles to our portfolio, we are also leveraging electrification technologies in vehicles with traditional gasoline engines. Cadillac, for example, has added a Plug-In propulsion system to its range-topping CT6 sedan, which more than doubles the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings. The CT6 Plug-In system is designed to provide all-electric driving for most daily commutes, while maximizing fuel efficiency through blended power from the engine and battery at higher speeds and higher loads, even when energy is stored in the battery.
The vehicle is rated by the EPA for an estimated combined driving range of 440 miles, an all-electric range up to 31 miles and a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 62 MPGe combined. The CT6 Plug-In also features Regen on Demand, which allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from vehicle momentum into electricity and store in the battery pack for later use.
Likewise, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse expands its electrification credentials with eAssist light electrification. This new eAssist system, when coupled with the four-cylinder engine, offers a 19 percent increase in city fuel economy compared to the LaCrosse’s advanced V-6. The system leverages a compact lithium-ion battery pack to provide select benefits found in fully electric vehicles, such as torque-assisted launch, energy-saving regenerative braking and exceptionally smooth stop/start. The system is the standard powertrain for the 2018 LaCrosse, making electrification accessible to more customers in discreet packaging that maintains the LaCrosse’s fold-down rear seat and ample trunk space.