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It is becoming uncomfortably apparent that General Motors is having problems with the production of its two newest EVs. Both the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq are showing up in very small numbers. Especially in the case of the Hummer, it has technically been on sale since October 2021, when it produced 15 that month. Here’s what we know.

Is the Cadillac Lyriq EV sold out?

Let’s start with the newest addition to GM’s EV, the Cadillac Lyriq. Both GM Authority and Cadillac Society claim Cadillac produced over 8,000 Lyriq models last year but shipped only 122. Cadillac’s reason is for “quality holds.” After some that were the first to order a Lyriq in September 2021, this has already waited 15 months with nothing. From January through April 2023, registrations for the Lyriq stand at only 1,383.

When Cadillac first opened up order books in 2021, it said the EV sold out in less than 10 minutes. Then, it opened up orders once again in 2022. Cadillac is mum about what is keeping it from making those quality fixes and delivering the EVs. It is known that it is still in the middle of producing its “Debut Edition.” So it, apparently, has not satisfied those initial orders from September 2021. 

2023 GMC Hummer EV. This GM EV is having a tough time getting to consumers.
2023 GMC Hummer EV | GM

Production and deliveries of the much-heralded GMC Hummer EV are equally puzzling. From January through the end of April 2023, only 38 Hummers have been registered. It was unveiled in October 2020 and began production a year later. Monthly numbers have been all over the place, with the most produced in November 2022 when GMC made 1,455. 

How long could it take to get a Hummer EV?

2023 GMC Hummer EV. This GM EV is having production issues.
2023 GMC Hummer EV | GM

But then, in December and January 2023, it produced none. Zero. So rather than look at production, actual registrations give a clearer picture of how many are actually getting into buyers’ hands. We do know that part of the pullback in production was to integrate the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra EVs. 

In February 2022, Chevrolet announced it already had 110,000 orders for the truck. GMC Global Vice President Duncan Aldred said it had 90,000 Hummer reservations as of September 2022. Based on the backlog of Hummer orders, it seems beyond impossible that either Chevrolet or GMC will be able to satisfy even a small portion of those orders for a long time. Chevrolet says it will begin delivering Silverado EVs in the Summer of 2024. 

Were all the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq orders filled?

Cadillac Lyriq EV. This GM EV is having some production issues.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq EV | GM

Cadillac says its Lyriq quality issues are due to software problems. And it also points to problems initiating production of its Ultium EV platform at the LG Energy Solutions plant in Ohio. Looking at Cadillac forums, not many order holders are happy about the wait. Many complain about no updates or communication from GM. 

A Cadillac spokesperson recently told GM Authority, “As we transition to the model year 2024, Lyriq customers with an unfulfilled 2023 order were able to take advantage of a private offer to apply toward their 2024 Lyriq purchase or lease.” According to the forums, the offer was a $5,000 incentive. Production of 2024 Lyriqs began on March 20, 2023. 

It will now be interesting to see if GM can ramp up production of its Hummer and Silverado EVs and 2024 Lyriq. If not, it doesn’t paint a particularly bright picture for GM’s Ultium platform offerings. 


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