Cadillac Using Aerospace Manufacturing Technology for New ELR
The high-tech process, that’s also used in the aerospace and medical industries, was introduced to help manufacture ELR batteries which require nearly 200 ultrasonic welds each. According to Cadillac, ultrasonic welding enables the automaker to meet stringent quality demands and offer an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.
“Ultrasonic welding is a far superior joining technology in applications where it can be deployed,” said Jay Baron, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Cadillac’s innovative process will produce batteries with superior quality compared with traditional methods – and do it more efficiently. This is one example of technology development that is becoming pervasive in today’s world class vehicles.”
Built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, the 2014 Cadillac ELR will be launched this fall.