Cadillac has been facing an uphill task ramping up the Lyriq production. The General Motors-owned brand was only able to ship 122 units of the new EV in 2022. However, that is about changing as GM has figured out a solution for the quality problems that have been delaying shipping.
According to a report by GM Authority, Cadillac revealed this to its dealers during a call.
The company started manufacturing the Lyriq at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee last March. It spent $2 billion to get the facility ready. The plant produced 8,195 units last year but only shipped a fraction of that.
The slow roll-out was a strategic move by Cadillac. This was due to several issues the automaker had to deal with first with the car. They include software bugs, cracking liftgate panels, and display screen troubles. The time bought by the slow roll-out was used to ensure buyers get trouble-free cars.
However, there is also the timing factor. Most of the Lyriq units were made after September and could take up to 100 days to reach the dealers. That would put the delivery timeframe around this month or the next.
The Cadillac Lyriq is in the premium EV range and is powered by GM’s Ultium batteries and drive motors. GM has petitioned the US treasury to change the rules to allow Lyriq to qualify for the new EV tax break.