By on July 31, 2020

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Cadillac debuts its electric Lyriq crossover on August 6th, just a few short… well, at least a year or more before it goes into production as either a 2022 or 2023 model.

Hoping to generate Bronco-worthy levels of buzz that won’t materialize, the automaker released a couple of teasers of the upcoming vehicle, revealing a feature that causes this Canadian to tug his collar in an aggressive manner.

The Lyriq, Cadillac’s first all-electric vehicle, is the vanguard of an EV product wave from the brand. Joining this cohort are similar products bound for other GM divisions. Built atop a versatile third-generation platform, with an in-house Ultium battery pack slung underneath, this midsize crossover is one of five Caddy EVs expected to be on the road within the next handful of years.

The brand didn’t do much revealing on Friday, but the sliding front fender panel hiding the model’s charge port is worthy of discussion. Hopefully there’s a modicum of heat generated behind that panel, as yours truly once had to violently kick the driver’s door of a GM product in order to enter it following a flash freeze. Breaking that icy seal left your author’s car with a permanent dent, but it was better than the alternative (grim, frigid death).

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But buyers in the high-priced field like fancy things, and a conventional, fuel door-type charge port cover just doesn’t come across as innovative and disruptive. Like power running boards, new things that could fail and cause the owner embarrassment are the premium class’ stock-in-trade.

Joining the Lyriq’s look-at-me charge port are a set of very expressive wheels designed to match the model’s futuristic face — a visage that reportedly carries over nearly unchanged from the concept renderings released early last year.

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While GM isn’t shy of the capabilities and power specs of its upcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup, the Lyriq carries many more question marks. The Ultium batteries, at least in the Hummer, are supposedly capable of up to 400 miles of driving between recharges, but it isn’t known just how long-legged this smaller crossover will be.

Tune in on August 6th.

[Images: General Motors]

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25 Comments on “Excited Onlookers: Look at the Charge Port on THAT...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Yep, frozen slush was the first thing I thought of. And the temptation to bend or jam that panel.

    Stupid.

    • 0 avatar
      honda1

      It doesn’t matter, the panel will fall off within a few weeks.

      • 0 avatar
        dwford

        It’s going to get caught on a long coat and ripped right off there. That ridiculous charging port door just sums up GM right there.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          It does sum up GM. I’m thinking of all the engineering, tooling, and testing wasted on such a non-value-add feature.

          The cutout for the Cadillac crest is a nice touch.

          If you want to scare people away from EVs, this is one way to do it. I’m pretty sure the Bolt engineers didn’t suggest this.

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      If GM were smart, they would have some sort of manual crank under the hood for when that panel invariably gets stuck.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      You think that one of these will ever see a slushy road?

      Those wheels are going to be a bitch to keep clean even on dry roads.

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis

      SCE to AUX

      If you touch my car, I’ll break your face.
      And just like your nose, Ice is easy to break.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      What happens when you’re charging outside and a snowstorm hits or if there is an icestorm? There are also access problems with it that far down. If the charger is on the opposite side of the car, it might be long enough to reach something mounted higher like a Bolt or Model 3. Charging stations aren’t like gas pump islands with the ability to position the car close to the pump nozzle. They’re parking spaces and the charger could be left, right, or center and at the front or back of the space. For example, one of the EVGo chargers at the Burlington Mall is at the beginning of the space to one side. The drivers side as you are heading into it. You couldn’t charge with the charge port on the same side as the charger since the car would be sticking out of the space. If you back in, you have to run the cable over the hood. If the port is too close to the ground, it’s a greater distance to run the cable down to the port and that particular cable isn’t very long. That’s why its important to keep the port high. Even better, but it at the center of the vehicle so it can be easily accessed from either side.

      Here’s the space. The cable is shorter than it looks thanks to a cord on it’s retractor that limits how far you can pull it out.

      https://tinyurl.com/yxk9ynxr

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        Looks like a compliance design – “let’s install one of them fancy EV chargers in this spot to get city council off our backs” – with no consideration given for its utility.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    This is probably something engineered for the concept cars that won’t make production for all the reasons that have been pointed out. Looks cool, but less that ideal in the real world…like most other concepts.

    With respect to charge ports, wouldn’t the front or rear of the car (old school under the licence plate maybe) make the most sense since it can be reached from either side?

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      @Art Vandelay,

      I remember the fillers behind the rear license plate. It wasn’t all that rare that someone would forget to put the gas cap back on and every time they accelerated gas would come whooshing out from behind the plate.

      The women in this video could definitely use a filler accessible from either side (starts at 1:55): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BtpnhLw73s This scene is either hilarious or terrifying.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Yeah, that would actually be a good idea, so drivers don’t have to worry about which side to pull up on. I’ve had one car with the filler behind the license plate – my ’68 Bonneville.

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        And that fuel tank on the Bonneville? Yep, 26.5 gallons. About a 250-260 mile range around town.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          That’s city-highway combined. If by “around town” you mean city, then it would be 200-210 miles – with the 400 cid and 2bbl. The 428 cid 4bbl got 6-7 mpg in the city, about matching the 6.8 second 0-60 time. My uncle owned one of those for two months, about 6 fillups. Even at 34 cents for premium, it was too much for him.

  • avatar
    1500cc

    Will probably use the same crappy plastic gears as the pop-ups headlights on the Fieros, that caused them all to be going down the road winking after a few years.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Reminds me of the front fender cover on a Bristol car where the spare tire resided. I think they put it there to free up trunk space.

  • avatar
    JMII

    What happens if your wheels are turned? I assume they checked the clearance.

    It does seem like an unnecessary large panel just to access the charge port, but I guess you have to make the EV experience a little more interesting for buyers.

    Not sure if would get any more stuck then your door, but I live in FL and thus have only dealt with frozen car parts 4 or 5 times when visiting northern job sites.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Come on guys, lighten up! Silly, unnecessary, over-the-top features like this are part of what make a “real” Cadillac. Bold, almost vulgar, “look at me” excess — zero understatement. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s something many Americans like (look at sales of all those gaudy pick-ups and SUVs).

    The Lyriq is the first Caddy in years that seems to embody these traits with stuff like the sliding fender, the crazy wraparound all-digital dash, Super Cruise, and bold styling.

    If these Caddy EVs look good and manage to make Teslas look boring and safe by comparison, they certainly have a fighting chance.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    If Cadillac wanted to honor their history they would put the charging port behind one or both of the tail fin styled taillights. Just have it flip or pivot open to access the port and cable.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    To state the obvious that Steph was dancing around:

    • Blue plus sign equals positive. Congratulations!

    Bonus: X + Y = Boy; X + X = Girl. (I have fathered one of each and I know how these things work.)

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    When’s the first TSB for this fiasco? I can see a retrofit kit, warranty labor, and dealer body shops trying to paint match the new parts (fender and port cover). Bad idea.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    When’s the first TSB for this fiasco? I can see a retrofit kit, warranty labor, and dealer body shops trying to paint match the new parts (fender and port cover). Bad idea.

  • avatar
    JGlanton

    I really dont understand the grocery store premise. Since the pandemic started, all I have done is go to the desert, mountains, and backcountry. What else is there? This week is hiking glaciers Ansel Adams Wilderness. Last week was Joshua Tree to hike and photograph the comet. Before that, Anza Borrego, John Muir Wilderness, offroad geology tour of Mojave Preserve, kayak fishing the Pacific for thresher sharks, mountain biking to breweries… I mean if there was ever a time to go outdoors in a Jeeo, I havent heard of it.

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