GM to Reconfigure Tennessee Plant for Cadillac Lyriq, Future EVs

Colin Beresford
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Photo credit: General Motors
Photo credit: General Motors

From Car and Driver

  • GM announced an investment of $2 billion into its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant to reconfigure it for electric-vehicle production, including the Cadillac Lyriq and other future EVs.

  • The announcement comes shortly after the automaker said that its Hamtramck assembly plant, now known as Factory Zero, in Michigan would be where the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will be built.

  • Once the Spring Hill plant and Factory Zero are operational, GM will have three plants in the U.S. assembling electric vehicles.

General Motors is investing $2 billion into its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant to retool it for electric-vehicle production, including the forthcoming Cadillac Lyriq. The announcement comes four days after the automaker announced that its Hamtramck, Michigan, plant—now known as Factory Zero—will be where the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will be assembled.

Once these two plants get up and running, General Motors will have three factories stateside that manufacture electric vehicles; the Chevrolet Bolt is currently assembled at Orion Assembly in Michigan. The Spring Hill plant will still be where the Cadillac XT6 and XT5 are assembled, but the GMC Acadia will be moving production to Lansing Delta Township Assembly in Michigan. General Motors didn't say when it expects production of the Lyriq to begin.

GM has a wide range of fully electric vehicles on the horizon beyond the Hummer and Lyriq and says that it'll offer 20 new electric vehicles by 2023. An Escalade-inspired electric vehicle is on the way, as well as a Cadillac XT4-size crossover. The Cadillac Celestiq, an ultra-luxury four-seater which is to be hand-built, is also in the product plans. Beyond Cadillac, the Chevrolet Bolt will get an EUV variant with styling inspired by the Chevy Blazer, and a Chevy truck EV is also en route. Buick will also have its own electric vehicles, including two crossovers.

The plan to build a number of electric vehicles is largely made possible by GM's modular EV platform and Ultium battery system. This platform allows the automaker to easily reconfigure the batteries for different vehicles.

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