GM is making a pivot to all-electric powertrains, and models like the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV are leading the charge. Notably, GM favored production of the Cadillac Lyriq over the GMC Hummer EV this summer.
For readers who may be unaware, the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV both run on GM’s Ultium technology, including GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors. Production of the Cadillac Lyriq takes place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee, first kicking off this past March, while production of the GMC Hummer EV takes place at the GM Factory Zero plant (previously known as Detroit-Hamtramck), first kicking off last October.
Interestingly, as Cadillac Lyriq production has ramped up over the past few months, it seems as though the limited number of Ultium battery cells GM has on hand were used to build more units of the Cadillac Lyriq, rather than the GMC Hummer EV. In fact, looking at GM’s production numbers for July of 2022, we find the automaker built just 50 units of the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and 250 units of the Cadillac Lyriq, making for five times the number of units for the Caddy crossover as compared to the GMC off-roader.
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Notably, the table above does not include production numbers for the BrightDrop Zevo 600 delivery van, which also utilizes GM Ultium batteries.
Now, as GM Authority reported on September 1st, production has officially begun at the new Ultium Cells plant in Warren, Ohio. The facility employs roughly 800 workers, and was created via a joint partnership between GM and Korean supplier LG Energy Solution. GM previously inaugurated its first global Ultium Cells plant in Shanghai, China last year.
With the new Warren plant open for business, production for both the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV should start ramping up as we head into the fall.
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