Cadillac's premium EV - that changes lane by itself - sold out in 19 minutes

Cadillac Lyriq in a parking lot
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As General Motors' premium brand, Cadillac has a lot of history and strong expectations to live up to. That's why interest in the design and capabilities of the automaker's upcoming EV, called Lyriq, is so strong. 

That interest also drove the upcoming electric car's initial allotment of reservations to sell out in just 19 minutes over the weekend.

That's hundreds, if not thousands, of buyers willing to put down $100 for the opportunity to own a vehicle they've never seen in person and will likely not be available for over a year. 

Not that this is something new for the industry - Tesla, for example, has employed a similar strategy in the past.

Lyriq reservations opened at 1pm on Saturday 18 September, and by 1:19pm all available Debut Edition models had been reserved. 

Cadillac will sell other versions of the vehicle when it hits the market, but the Debut Edition is the only model offered for reservation so far.

Analysis: hitting the sweet spot

Interview view of the whole dash in the Cadillac Lyriq

(Image credit: Cadillac)

The Lyriq hits a sweet spot on price and will offer several enticing technologies, such as unique light signatures and upgraded Super Cruise, another step towards autonomous driving which will see the car able to make lane changes by itself. 

With a starting price of around $60,000, the Cadillac will face off against strong competition from a whole slew of soon-to-be-released European EVs. 

Fans of American cars haven't had much in the way of premium electric vehicles to choose from, outside of Tesla and mid-range models from Ford and GM, which could be driving demand in part as well.

While it's worth noting that the fee to reserve a Lyriq was just $100, is refundable, and non-binding, there's still a disconnect between supply and demand for new EVs. 

The GMC Hummer Edition 1 sold out quickly and Ford seemed to have been caught off guard by demand for its Mustang Mach-E earlier this year. 

Whether it's the desire to future-proof or just a curiosity for EVs, buyers are hot for electrification. While the lure of a limited-edition car is likely attractive just because of its exclusivity, it's clear the demand is strong enough for higher production volumes.

Chris Teague
Freelance Contributor

After working in the technology and software industry for several years, Chris began writing as a way to help people outside of that world understand the sometimes very technical work that goes on behind the scenes. With a lifelong love of all things automotive, Chris turned his attention to writing new vehicle reviews, detailing industry trends, and breaking news. Along the way, he earned an MBA with a focus on data analysis that has helped him gain a strong understanding of why the auto industry’s biggest companies make the decisions they do.