Cadillac brought its CT6 PHV plug-in hybrid over from China in late March, with U.S. sales starting in April.
Cadillac spokesman Donny Nordlicht confirmed with Inside EVs the luxury electric sedan’s arrival in late March when shipments to dealers started. None of them received delivery until April, when about 100 units made it to Cadillac dealers.
It’s been about a year since the luxury brand has had a plug-in vehicle on the U.S. market, with the ELR stopping sales at that time.
One distinction between the ELR and CT6 PHV is that the ELR was built on the Chevy Volt’s power train and battery system through General Motors’ Voltec system. The only technology shared by the two Cadillac plug-in hybrids has been an 18.4 kWh battery from LG Chem – and the form factor for the Cadillac’s is different than the T-Shaped pack in the Volt.
The CT6 PHV is built on a larger platform, with more than enough room in the trunk to store the battery cells inside. That’s meant a cost savings for GM.
One attractive feature is an EPA rating of 31 miles on battery power. Another one is a 220-volt charger with free installation included in the package. There’s also an eight-year unlimited-mileage warranty covering the luxury plug-in hybrid’s battery pack, electric motors, and electronic control system.
As for price, it’s starting at $75,095 plus $995 destination fee, which was very close the ELR’s price. The CT6 PHV is priced about $15,000 more than the gasoline engine version of the CT6.
SAIC-GM launched the Cadillac CT6 PHV in China during January with two price packages higher than in the U.S., but comparable with generous Chinese subsidies added.
The ELR only reached 2,879 units sold over a three-year period. Production was carried out in very limited numbers. Cadillac could do better by building a higher volume and taking advantage of being in China and the U.S., with the ELR only having been sold in the U.S.
Cadillac will face Tesla and BMW in competition for luxury buyers. The CT6 PHV is a plug-in hybrid, which separates it from Tesla but puts it more line with the Mercedes S 550e, BMW 740e, BMW 530e, and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.