Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Tesla Fanboys Chat About Cadillac Lyriq (Video)

Longtime Tesla insider David Havasi and I recently sat down together (virtually) to watch the virtual unveiling of the Cadillac Lyriq together and then talk about it afterward.

Cadillac LYRIQ front-side view-cropped

Longtime Tesla insider David Havasi and I recently sat down together (virtually) to watch the virtual unveiling of the Cadillac Lyriq and then talk about it afterward. As Tesla owners who love almost everything about our cars, we come to new electric vehicles with critical eyes and a rather high standard for what we’d like to see in a 2020+ vehicle. Check out the full chat in the video below. Or you can just read my summary of some of it and what we’d still like to know, but that really doesn’t capture the full human reactions well.

First of all, both David and I thought the Lyriq has a stunning, attractive design. On the outside, its side view and use of lighting are particularly impressive. David also found the rear to be beautiful, encouraging drivers behind a Lyriq to think, “What is that vehicle?”

I still think a grille is from a different era and doesn’t belong on a pure EV, but if you are going to do one, creating the piece of art in front of the Lyriq, especially when it lights up and becomes competition to a Christmas tree, is one potentially compelling way to go.

Cadillac LYRIQ EV Grille Lights

The interior of the Lyriq is amazing, wicked. Unless you have a strong preference for minimalism (which Tesla offers), the Lyriq is a clear winner. Even preferring minimalism as I do, the Lyriq’s interior is tantalizing. In particular, the screen integration in the back and middle as well as the wonderful color schemes and lighting are out of a futuristic movie.

Cadillac LYRIQ interior - display cropped

David then brought in some history and perspective on the Cadillac ELR, a sporty extended-range electric coupe that GM produced on the Volt powertrain, which was a fun and cool car to drive but still came with clear compromises. The Lyriq is clearly a whole new generation of electric vehicle that, like a Tesla, doesn’t come with any real compromises. It basically comes down to your preferences in terms of style and brand.

On that matter, David and I were very impressed with some of the design elements of the Lyriq, including the metal trim on the insides of the doors, and how the screens in the back were elegantly incorporated into the seats, the back center console, and other elements of the car.

As others have pointed out, one oddity is the size of the charge-port door, which is crazy large and seems to take off a big chunk of the side panel. That just seems like an invitation for disaster, and strange.

One big remaining question for us was: how much of the car as shown will actually go into production? In other words, are some of the elegant show features going to get cut when the car moves to development?

Also: how many Lyriqs does GM plan to produce? How many could it produce if consumer demand was there?

One closing matter for this text summary (watch/listen to the video for much more) is the name. Cadillac is the automobile brand most frequently mentioned in music. Tesla has surely been getting namedropped, but Cadillac is still queen. The Cadillac Lyriq could appeal to a lot of songwriters, both because of its tie to music and because the vehicle looks haaaawt — inside and out.

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Last year proved to be extremely challenging for the auto sector. Supply chain issues, a global chip shortage, and a pernicious pandemic plagued the industry. However, an unorthodox...

Autonomous Vehicles

Background: My wife and I have been driving our Tesla Model 3 for ~2.3 years. We commute 1500 miles between our homes in Utah...

Electric Cars

There was a time when traditional automakers could have stymied Tesla’s growth story. Is it possible they missed their window? Christiaan Hetzner at Fortune reports,...


Driving an EV is fun and surprising! Luxury, confidence, and being visionary are also themes that emerge in automakers' recent shift to EV marketing....

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.