GM to unveil Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV
First in a future line of luxury EVs from Detroit automaker Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – August 5, 2020
Last updated 8/12/2020 at 5:11am
On Aug. 6, General Motors will introduce the world to the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover SUV that will be the first in an upcoming portfolio of battery-electric luxury vehicles from Cadillac.
The journey to this unveiling began back in 2019, when Cadillac announced it would spearhead General Motors' shift to an all-electric future and released the first images of a crossover built on GM's next-generation battery electric architecture.
The story continued earlier this year with the announcement of GM's new Ultium batteries, which is powering GM's vision of being a leader in the electric vehicle revolution.
Unlike the cylindrical cell design being utilized by Tesla and other EV automakers, Ultium lithium-ion battery cells are flat and can be stacked like books, providing engineers more flexibility when designing vehicles to fit dozens, if not hundreds, of battery cells as efficiently as possible, into irregular shaped spaces.
More information on the Ultium battery and GM's EV vision can be read at Ultium EV battery powers new GM legacy in the March 11 edition of Metal Tech News.
Crews began raising steel at GM's Ultium battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio on July 28, a milestone toward producing the batteries that will power Lyriq and a growing line of EVs being introduced by the Detroit automaker.
Once complete, this battery plant being constructed in partnership with battery maker LG Chem will be able to produce 30 gigawatt-hours of Ultium battery capacity per year, which would be nearly as large as the 35 GWh capacity Tesla's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada will produce when it is fully built.
"We are excited about the progress that our team has made, and we look forward to the finished product – a nearly 3 million-square-foot plant," said Ken Morris, vice president of autonomous and electric vehicle programs at GM. "Our joint venture with LG Chem will allow us to produce advanced battery cells in Lordstown, with the goal of reducing battery costs to accelerate EV adoption and ultimately benefit customers."
The Cadillac Lyriq and new all-electric GMC Hummer are slated to be the first vehicles powered by Ultium batteries. The Hummer is set for production in fall 2021 and Lyriq is slated to begin rolling off of the assembly line later in 2021 or early 2022.