The Cadillac ELR Will Be On The Smart Grid
When the Cadillac ELR comes off of the production line, it will be Smart Grid ready. The ELR will be able to communicate with the electric grid to potentially save energy by using it’s electric vehicle technology combined with the OnStar cloud-based connection.
ELR owners will have access to the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App. The mobile app lets drivers check the operating system of the vehicle, send remote commands, and access electric vehicle specific functions.
The app shows the vehicle’s current charge state, electric range, electric miles driven, and eMPG (electric miles per gallon). The RemoteLink Mobile App will let ELR owners control and schedule vehicle charging, including the ability to charge during off-peak hours when electricity rates are at the lowest points.
“While RemoteLink is really our first Smart Grid service to be available for consumers, the same connection we use to enable the app’s EV functions can be used to open the door for more energy cost and load control benefits,” stated Russ Eling, manager of Smart Grid and EV Services at General Motors.