GM launches the new Cadillac EV on the Ultium platform

DETROIT – General Motors Co. today announced a major milestone in its commitment to an all-electric future as Cadillac officially celebrates the start of retail production of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq at GM’s assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. GM Chairman Mark Reuss, Cadillac Vice Chairman Rory Harvey, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, UAW representatives, plant workers and other officials gathered today to celebrate this milestone.

GM announced its commitment to invest $2 billion in Spring Hill assembly in October 2020, and the entire Spring Hill team has been working to prepare for production of the Cadillac Lyriq. The launch accelerated ahead of schedule as the team continued to assemble the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6 and GMC Acadia with world-class quality.

“The Cadillac Lyriq sets the standard for Cadillac’s future and marks another milestone in GM’s commitment to an all-electric future,” Reuss said. “It’s a monumental day for the entire GM team. We re-equipped Spring Hill Assembly with the best and most advanced technology in the world and the team worked tirelessly to complete preparations nine months ahead of the original schedule.

The Cadillac Lyriq, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, is built on GM’s Ultium platform, the core of the company’s EV strategy. The Ultium Platform encompasses common electric vehicle architecture and propulsion components such as battery cells, modules, packs, Ultium drive units, EV motors and integrated power electronics.

Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between GM and Korea’s LG Energy Solution, is building a $2.3 billion battery cell manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and has begun construction of a second facility near the Spring Hill factory where the Lyriq is built. A third plant is targeted for Lansing, Michigan, while the site for a fourth Ultium plant has not been announced. Using the Ultium platform, GM will achieve a strategic value chain shift in its network of vehicle assembly plants as the company standardizes and streamlines machinery, tooling and assembly processes. This flexibility helps reduce capital investment and increase efficiency as additional assembly plant transformations occur.

GM’s Spring Hill manufacturing complex, which consists of a vehicle assembly plant, metal stamping plant and engine plant, is GM’s largest plant in North America. North. The complex opened in 1990 and has built over 4.5 million vehicles. The vehicle assembly plant and engine plant cover 2,100 acres, of which 700 acres are devoted to agriculture. An additional 100 acres are given over to wildlife habitat, wetlands and native grasses. Spring Hill Wildlife Sanctuary has received recognition and Gold certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Reservations for the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition sold out in just over 10 minutes late last summer, and demand continues to grow. Cadillac will begin taking additional orders for the 2023 Lyriq on May 19. Rooted in over a century of innovation, Lyriq is a high-performance luxury experience with the latest automotive technology – in an all-new set of electric vehicles. The 2023 Lyriq is loaded with premium features and technology, including an advanced 33-inch diagonal LED display, Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature, and an AKG Studio audio system with 19 speakers with headrest speakers.

Pictured: Production of the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ begins at GM’s assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. (Photo by Wade Payne for General Motors)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

Michael J. Chiaramonte