The first Cadillac Lyriqs to come off the line hold the key to the EV future

On Monday, General Motors took the first step toward its promise to dominate U.S. electric vehicle sales by the middle of the decade, when the first 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUVs went into production.

The Lyriq is the first electric car from GM’s luxury brand Cadillac.

It is intended to boost sales for the brand and kick-start Cadillac’s transition to an all-electric lineup by 2030. GM plans to sell all-electric cars across all of its brands by 2035.

Description: Production of the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ begins at GM's assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

GM makes the Lyriq at its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee, and by mid-morning, production of the Lyriqs was rolling off the assembly line as the first shift workers gathered with company executives to celebrate.

Two UAW members drove one of the newly built Lyriqs onto the stage as a symbol that GM is bringing its workforce along with its transformation to all EVs.

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV will be driven on stage by two auto workers to mark the start of production on March 21, 2022.

“You’re not just making a new vehicle, you’re building the transformation of Cadillac and you’re building the transformation of General Motors,” Rory Harvey, Cadillac’s vice president, told factory workers.

High demand, long wait

Customers wanting to order a Lyriq, which starts at $59,990, will have to wait.

Cadillac will open its order banks on May 19, but it will likely be sometime next year before many get one due to high demand, Harvey said.

Cadillac has 240,000 hand-raisers for the vehicle, up from 233,000 a few weeks ago, he said. A hands-raiser is a person who shows interest in the car but does not put money on it.

Factory workers assemble the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq on March 21, 2022.

The Lyriq is GM’s second EV to come off GM’s Ultium platform, which will support and propel all of GM’s future EVs. The first was the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup, made at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, which began production late last year. GM has said it will bring at least 30 new EVs to market by 2025.

In addition to the Lyriq, GM builds the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 SUVs and the GMC Acadia SUV in Spring Hill. It also makes a variety of engines used across GM’s lineup.

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