Closer to reality, GM has given more details on its Celestiq Uber-luxury EV, which has been floating around the pipes for several years at this point. The vehicle will be packed to the gills with technology, including a “four quadrant” smart glass roof that can be customized to meet the needs of the person under each seat. If the driver wants an opaque tint, but the person using a shotgun can look through the clear glass. Additionally, the vehicle will have a “pillar-to-pillar” display that spans the full width of the car and customizable environment controls.
Cadillac also had more details on its upcoming (and very real) Lyriq SUV, which was unveiled correctly last summer. The cabin is now said to be using Unreal Engine both for its onboard graphics, but also for its augmented reality heads-up display. And the company has confirmed that the Lyriq will also offer standard Super Cruise driver assistance.
Lyriq is also the first GM vehicle to use its “viceThe battery system, which scales between battery sizes from 50 to 200 kW, will also be used inside the Hummer EV, as well as GM’s first electric pickup. GM claims its battery makeup uses 70% less cobalt, making it cheaper and better for the environment in general. The Lyriq itself will have a 100 kW battery and an estimated range of around 300 miles, as well as its gigantic 33 inches. Hyperscreen display.
Not everyone in the GM dealer network is so excited about the advent of Cadillac’s journey to electrification. In December 2020, a report claimed that 150 GM dealers would stop selling Cadillac vehicles and accept a buyout rather than build the equipment needed to service electric vehicles. In part, this is because dealership owners are unsure whether EVs are the future or that it would justify the costly upgrade of their facilities. Others may be wary of their future income given the low maintenance required for electric vehicles compared to gasoline vehicles. And, of course, part of it may be a misinformed rejection of the need to cut carbon emissions or deal with climate catastrophe.