Cadillac LYRIQ Sells Out – But Customers Angry | 20 Sep 2021

Sep 20, 12:00 AM

Today’s big EV stories: • Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition Sells Out • Tesla Autopilot to be compared with 12 other carmakers • Ford will double F-150 Lightning production • Dongfeng to export 100,000 NEVs to Europe in 2022 • Surging EV sales put China ahead of government targets • Osprey Charging aims to install a total of 1500 rapid chargers • Austrian e-taxis pioneer charging pad system

Show #1217

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CADILLAC LYRIQ DEBUT EDITION SELLS OUT
"The Cadillac Lyriq, the first battery electric vehicle from the company that used to call itself “The standard of the world!” Reservations for the Debut Edition of the car, which starts at $59,990 including destination charges, opened yesterday, September 18. Just over 10 minutes later, they were gone."

"In a statement, Rory Harvey, vice president of Global Cadillac, said, “Today, reservations for the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ Debut Edition sold out in just over ten minutes and we continue to see a lot of enthusiasm around the brand — both current product and in our all-electric future. The initial response for LYRIQ has been extraordinary. Since the show car unveiling last year, more than 200,000 people have expressed interest in learning more about the vehicle and our electric future."

"The Lyriq will be built at GM’s former Saturn factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where a Honda-badged electric SUV will also be manufactured. It is based on GM’s new Ultium electric car platform and will use batteries made at factories that are jointly owned and operated by GM and LG Energy Solution."


"Other 2023 model year Lyriq trim levels will still be available, but so far, Debut Edition reservations are the only ones that have opened (and, 19 minutes later, closed)."

"Lyriq will start at a base price of just under $60k. The car will have a 100 kWh battery that puts out up to 340 horsepower to the rear wheels and will be good for “more than 300 miles” of range (no official EPA estimate yet). It comes with an onboard 19.2kW AC and can charge at up to 190 kW on DC."



Bryan B
@Bupac
"Couldn't reserve cause of the dealer lookup like everyone else. Cadillac can't even get their website working. Guess I'll be getting a Model Y instead."

Mark In Florida
@MarkInSeminole
"@Cadillac Your reservation system failed.   I was on at 4pm and couldn’t look up a dealer.   Hope same developers didn’t develop software for the car."

Keith Wood
@keithwoodnc
@Cadillac I'm pretty disappointed that the Select Dealer screen prevented me from getting through. Started my reservation at 4pm sharp, and never even made it to the payment screen.

Craig
@JediGamerCT
Made it to the payment screen - accepted all terms - and then got the circle of death. Really, really disappointed with Cadillac over this.

Brandon
@sleepyat830
@Cadillac Watched the countdown expire live and immediately tried to reserve one only to be stonewalled by your dumb dealer locator. Real great rollout, guys. Dynamite stuff. Was really looking forward to buying one of these. Guess I’ll be getting something else.

Collin
@hsvcommenter
I call BS. Like many others, I clicked reserve right on time only to be stalled on the dealers page. You had your chance to earn my business. If the Lyriq’s technology is anything like your website, you won’t be in business much longer.

TESLA AUTOPILOT TO BE COMPARED WITH 12 OTHER CARMAKERS
"As part of its investigation into Tesla Autopilot safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday requested data from 12 other big automakers about their driver assistance systems."

"If NHTSA determines any vehicle (or component or system) has a flawed design or safety defect, the agency has the power to mandate recalls."

"NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has now queried BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Stellantis, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen as part of its Tesla Autopilot probe."


FORD WILL DOUBLE F-150 LIGHTNING PRODUCTION
"A year after revealing plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the iconic Rouge Complex to build the all-electric F-150 Lightning, the automaker announced Thursday that its initial plan didn't go far enough. Ford confirmed it will double production of the highly-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150"

"With 150,000 reservations for 2022 F-150 Lightning received online by mid-September, the company confirmed it will be adding another $250 million investment at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and create 450 additional hourly direct jobs, with most of the workers building the Lightning."

"Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti will assemble the batteries and Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center in Sterling Heights will increase its capacity to supply electric motors and electric transaxles for the F-150 Lightning. "

"Reuters reported last month that Ford planned to double production of its Lightning to meet strong demand.  The investment in added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year, Ford told the Free Press"


DONGFENG TO EXPORT 100,000 NEVS TO EUROPE IN 2022
"Dongfeng plans to export 100,000 new energy vehicles to Europe next year as the automaker also set a target of realizing 100% electrification among its new passenger vehicle brands in 2024."

"The group will bring forward a brand-new customized new energy product, “M”, in 2022, under another new energy vehicle brand. People in the industry believed that the “M” business unit is the high-end SUV brand the group mentioned in its plan. In June, the said unit released relevant recruitment information for talents in quality, chassis electronic control system, intelligent control, project management, purchasing, and user/city operation aspects, making the “M” another major self-developed new energy brand of the group besides Voyah."


SURGING EV SALES PUT CHINA AHEAD OF GOVERNMENT TARGETS
"Surging sales of electric vehicles have put China on track to meet government targets several years early, but officials say the industry still needs to work harder on technological breakthroughs."

"Chinese consumers bought 1.79 million electric vehicles over the first eight months of 2021, up 194% from the same period last year. This expansion compared with 14% growth for overall auto sales. The top-selling model by far though has been the Hongguang Mini EV, a basic compact priced from 28,800 yuan ($4,458) and made by a joint venture between General Motors, state-owned SAIC Motor and local manufacturer Wuling Motors."

"While applauding the sector's development, Vice Premier Han Zheng said at the conference, "Capitalizing on enterprises' innovation drive, we should accelerate breakthroughs in core technologies such as chips used in vehicles and operating systems, and overcome the bottleneck of fuel-cell technology.""


OSPREY CHARGING AIMS TO INSTALL A TOTAL OF 1500 RAPID CHARGERS
"A UK-based charging firm will invest £75 million into the country's electric charging infrastructure by opening 150 charging hubs over the next four years.  Osprey Charging aims to install a total of 1500 chargers nationwide. The units will charge at a 150-175kW rate and be positioned adjacent to A-roads and motorways."

"each hub will make use of Kempower technology for the first time in the UK, allowing for improved power distribution when chargers are in demand. The chargers are also 74% smaller than usual, increasing accessibility."

"Construction for Osprey charging hubs has begun at four sites, with the first expected to open near Wolverhampton. Construction will start on 10 hubs before the end of the year, at Banbury (M40), Suffolk (A14), Essex (A127), Glasgow (M8), East Lothian (A1), Wolverhampton, (A4123), Birmingham (M6), Croydon (A23), Crewe (A534) and Brackley (A43)."


AUSTRIAN E-TAXIS PIONEER CHARGING PAD SYSTEM
"In Vienna and Graz, the ‘eTaxi Austria Project’ is starting a large-scale test run to test a new type of charging-pad charging technology over the next two years. With the Easelink system, electric taxis can charge with a connection to a charging pad at the taxi rank. The approach holds much promise for fleet operators."

"In contrast to inductive charging technologies, Easelink‘s charging process does involve physical contact between the electric vehicle and the static charging source via a so-called connector that is lowered from the underbody of the vehicles and connects to the charging pad in the ground."

"A total of ten taxi ranks and 66 electric vehicles are being prepared for the project in Vienna and Graz"

"An AC power output of 11 kW with a transmission efficiency of more than 99 per cent will be transmitted. The VW ID.4 and the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq 5 will serve as pilot vehicles."


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