Wouldn’t it be cool if, while driving your extended-range electric vehicle, you could flip a paddle shifter behind the steering wheel, and recharge the EREV’s batteries? Well, you can do just that in the 2014 Cadillac ELR — a feature Green Car Journal deemed prize-worthy, having awarded the luxury coupe its 2014 Green Car Technology Award for the Regen on Demand system at the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C.
Those not familiar with Regen on Demand should know that it allows the driver to use paddle shifters on the steering wheel to temporarily regenerate energy and store it as electricity in the battery pack for later use. The technology supports the ELR’s 340-mile total driving range while also adding a fun-to-drive element to the luxury EV coupe. The system is but one example of ways in which technology can increase efficiency while enhancing driving dynamics and engaging the driver along the way.