General Motors to Debut Three New Fully Electric Cadillac Models This Year
General Motors (GM) is continuing its slow but steady progress in the world of electric vehicles as it aims to surpass Tesla as the most successful electric vehicle producer by 2025. GM has now confirmed that Cadillac will debut three new fully electric models later this year, with plans to begin production in 2024.
A few years ago, GM announced that it would release 30 new electric vehicles by 2025, with the goal of manufacturing one million of those units per year starting in 2025. According to the company’s CEO, Mary Barra, the new wave of electric models will include many affordable electric vehicles for the masses, which will help GM fill a gap in Tesla’s lineup. While Tesla is currently the most successful electric vehicle producer, it does not offer any non-luxury options at an affordable price.
Aside from the aging Chevrolet Bolt EV and its crossover sibling, the Bolt EUV, GM has advanced its EV rollout by launching high-end models. It started with the massive and expensive GMC Hummer EV and the relatively expensive Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV. The automaker has also confirmed that a Silverado EV is on the way in the near future, as well as electric versions of the Equinox and Blazer SUVs.
This week, Cadillac’s global vice president, Ron Harvey, added three more participants to the mix, and we’ll see them all this year, although they won’t go into production until 2024. Harvey did not provide details on the types of vehicles, and noted that some of them will be for global consumption, meaning they will be produced and sold in multiple markets. Green Car Reports shared that this could have an impact on implementation timelines in different areas of the world.
When GM made its plans for a public EV onslaught in 2020, it talked about the Cadillac Lyriq SUV and the extremely expensive and hand-built flagship Cadillac Celestiq, whose production is confirmed for December 2023. Other planned EV models for Cadillac include a small crossover, a three-row SUV, and a large SUV.
Cadillac has already completed trademark paperwork for several models, including Ascendiq, Escalade IQL, Lumistiq, Optiq, Symboliq, and Vistiq. However, Harvey did not mention any names for any of the upcoming Cadillac EV debuts.
While the global vice president of Cadillac said there have been software issues with Lyriq and that some 2023 orders will be delayed until the 2024 model year, he added that production is ramping up and the brand has shipped nearly 1,000 units over the last month. The goal is to complete all Lyriq Debut Edition orders by the end of the first quarter of 2023.