Before the ubiquity of USB ports in vehicles, charging many power-demanding electronic devices required a good, old-fashioned, three-pronged, 120-volt household power outlet. Yes, many cars still feature the classic cigarette lighter 12-volt outlet, but that’s not powerful enough to charge the slew of electronic devices many of us carry and use today – like laptops. Various GM and Cadillac vehicles offer 120-volt power outlets on its ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, and Escalade, but the all-new CT5 sedan won’t have such an outlet – not even as an option – according to our colleagues at the Cadillac Society.
It’s unclear why Cadillac would discontinue the outlet. Instead, buyers will get one Type A USB port, two Type C USB ports, one SD card slot, and two 12-volt accessory power outlets. Sadly, the coveted 120-volt outlet will not be offered.
As Cadillac Society points out, a three-pronged outlet is beneficial for many people, especially given “today’s more mobile and dynamic work environment.” Those who travel for work and use something like a laptop could charge it while driving so it’d be ready to use when they got to their destination or meeting. The outlet also allows passengers to use their laptop without draining their battery, be it on short or long trips.
Automakers began putting 120-volt outlets in vehicles like trucks and vans for those who often use such vehicles for work, enabling them to drive power tools and charge other accessories. But the three-pronged outlets also started making their way into luxury vehicles, especially those used to ferry families and executives, enabling them to keep their electronic devices charged while in the vehicle.
Interestingly, the ATS and CTS families that the CT5 indirectly replaces offered three-pronged, 120-volt outlet.
Sure, a 120-volt outlet is a feature that doesn’t grab headlines, but it does deliver a great deal of convenience to many owners, especially those who spend a lot of time in their vehicle for work or travel. What’s more, it also serves as a distinctive differentiator when cross-shopping the competition, since most competing luxury brands (especially those from Europe) do not offer a 120-volt outlet in their offerings. And that’s why the decision to omit the 120-volt outlet from the 2020 Cadillac CT5 is strange.
Source: Cadillac Society