The Cadillac Lyriq is an incredibly important vehicle to the luxury marque’s future as it slowly transitions to an all-electric portfolio by the end of the decade. As Cadillac‘s first EV, it’s in GM’s interest to get production of the Lyriq up and running as smoothly as possible. To this end, GM has revealed production numbers for September, and they’re astonishing.
Over the course of September, GM produced 1,000 units of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee. While this statistic obviously pales in comparison to some of the automaker’s other vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, it represents a significant 58 percent of all Lyriq units built so far. Production only began last March, yielding a total of 1,715 units as of September 30th.
In addition, GM seemingly favored production of the Cadillac Lyriq over the GMC Hummer EV Pickup during the summer months. Looking at the numbers for the two EVs side-by-side, as Lyriq production increased, GMC Hummer EV Pickup production decreased. This is likely due to GM’s distribution of the limited supply of Ultium battery cells it had on hand, with more resources going towards the newer Caddy. It’s worth noting that Hummer EV production was also idled for a month as the GM Factory Zero plant received future product upgrades.
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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.
In addition, GM indicated last July that it intended to ramp up production of the Hummer EV during the second half of 2022. This development couldn’t come any faster, as pre-orders for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq are completely full, with GM forced to extend the waitlist to the 2024 model year.