General Motors recently celebrated the start of production for the all-new, all-electric Cadillac Lyriq EV luxury crossover at the automaker’s Spring Hill production facility in Tennessee. During the production start ceremony, General Motors stated that the Spring Hill facility has the capacity to build nearly 200,000 units annually, including both internal-combustion vehicles and EVs.
Back in October of 2020, GM announced a $2 billion investment to support EV production at the Spring Hill facility, including the new Cadillac Lyriq. In addition to production of the Lyriq, the Spring Hill facility also produces several ICE-based models, including the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and GMC Acadia. To note, GMC Acadia production is set to move to the GM Delta Township facility in Michigan, where it will be produced alongside the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave.
The Spring Hill facility incorporates a flexible manufacturing process, which means it could ramp up production of the new Cadillac Lyriq to meet demand, if needed. GM could produce nearly 200,000 Lyriq units annually, but doing so would require the reduction of ICE vehicle production accordingly.
At present, General Motors has nearly 240,000 “hand-raisers” for the Lyriq. However, that does not necessarily translate directly into orders – rather, “hand-raisers” is equivalent to customers who have simply expressed interest in the vehicle, which, for example, could include signing up for email updates.
In the past, GM has managed to convert roughly 10 percent of its “hand-raisers” into orders. However, that figure is for ICE-based models, and the ratio may change for the all-new Cadillac Lyriq, which is set to arrive as the luxury marque’s first-ever all-electric product.
The Cadillac Lyriq is set to launch well ahead of the original schedule. Specs highlights include a standard 100 kWh GM Ultium lithium-ion battery and a single Ultium Drive electric motor, with output rated at 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Range for this setup is rated at 300 miles per charge. Under the body panels, the new Lyriq rides on GM’s BEV3 platform.