U.S. EV Obituary: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, We Hardly Knew Ye


The latest Plug-In Cadillac died as it lived: in obscurity

According to GM Authority, the plug-in hybrid variant of the Cadillac CT6 has been unceremoniously killed in the U.S. A Cadillac spokesperson confirmed this to GM Authority, stating “Although production of the CT6 Plug-In for North America is discontinuing for the 2019 model year, alternative fuel vehicles remain a part of our future product portfolio as we move deeper in to our 10-year plan.”

This isn’t a surprise considering InsideEVs estimates the car sold less than two dozen units on a typical month. We also have not seen any new inventory hit dealers in nearly two months.

The plug-in CT6 launched in the U.S. at $75k for the 2017 model year. While engineered with the knowledge taken from the Voltec program, the car had little directly in common with the popular Chevy Volt. The Cadillac had 31 miles of EPA electric range and a disappointingly inefficient 62 MPGe.

The standard CT6 is already a low volume seller in the states. From the beginning, Cadillac insisted that the vehicle would see limited availability in North America. In 2016, GM president Dan Ammann told Bloomberg “China has tremendous government incentives to produce what they call NEV – new energy vehicles – and they give tremendous financial incentive to every customer that buys one of these.”

The PHEV model in particular is aimed directly at the Chinese market. While the non plug-in CT6 is manufactured in Detroit, the electrified model is only assembled in Shanghai. Because it is produced locally, it also received generous government EV incentives in China. The car will also play a key role in meeting the country’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) mandates. So for the time being, the plug-in model will remain on sale in the China where demand is higher.

Sun Sets On The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Source: GM Authority

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32 Comments on "U.S. EV Obituary: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, We Hardly Knew Ye"

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I own a 2017. It is a very nice well-optioned car.

Did you sell the Cadillac ELR? How do they compare?

They are totally different cars. ELR is more a sporty coupe and CT6 is an executive/family sedan. CT6 is more refined, but, has more power than ELR (0-60 in 5.5s vs 7ish for ELR). I really like the turbo 4 in CT6. This should have been the performance 2016 ELR powertrain.

My 2014 ELR is on paper ‘slower’ than the CT6 PHEV, and legitimately slower than your 2016 ELR, but I test drove the CT6 phev and the thing was as responsive as a Yacht. It drove like any other car Cadillac makes nowadays.

What kind of AER did you get in ‘moderate’ driving? My test drive was not long enough to check battery life. I had heard that the 31 mile range was difficult to get and 22 miles was more like it, No?

My main complaint about the car was it was much too complex for its own good. To have 3 planetary gear sets, umpteen clutches and a 3 horsepower electric oil pump to actuate them all would make Rube Goldberg proud.

They have all that crap in there and the end result was very sluggish performance. At some point most potential buyers must have said to themselves, what is the point?

It sells somewhat better in China, but even the Chinese don’t really like the car – if its horrid sales figures there are any clue.

A yacht /jɒt/ is a watercraft used for pleasure or sports. The term originates from the Dutch word jacht “hunt”, and was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors… [from Wikipedia]. I bought a new 2018 CT6 PHEV on Dec. 31st, 2018 with a huge discount and traded in my 2013 Nissan Leaf. For the last days I have enjoy every aspect of the “yacht”. Consumer Reports gave the CT6 (with ICE) a road test score of 95 and I feel that the PHEV version did not lose much of that. In comparison my Toyota Avalon was an aircraft carrier.

Possibly the threat of tariffs pushed the price of this car even higher than it already was, which might have sealed its doom.

That and GM really doesn’t want to build EVs, at least in segments that aren’t small cars. If it has any utility they would rather sell you a diesel.

I’ve gone from a GM die hard to not being able to stand them.

all of that engineering talent just going to waste. If GM keeps this up I hope they end up having a brain drain and those engineers go elsewhere.

Cadillac doesn’t sell a single diesel vehicle.

And they now sell zero EVs great leadership their GM.


Yeah I typed too fast, sorry about that one 😀

I am in the same boat. I spent 3 years on GM Volt dot com waiting for any word on the Volt to be released. And I bought a 2013 Volt. But it is like GM has pissed in my soup every time they could. They didn’t just fall short, they seemed to intentionally sabotage each of their plug in cars, in one way or another.
I like my Volt but my next car will be a Tesla.

I had 2012 Volt, replaced it with an ELR, and now have an Model 3 Performance. GM got me hooked, but they’re obviously not all in on EVs. Not sure why they adopted a strategy where Volt/ELR owners had no where to go in GM’s line up. They just teased.

Besides, their Cadillac pricing continues to be a joke. The brand has zero value, but they don’t adapt pricing to attract new people to it.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Good point on the tariffs. It’s Chinese.
Ford was going to keep the Focus in the USA as the only car, but because of the tariffs they killed it.

GM is such a poorly run company. There were on the forefront of EV technology and they let it go. I would have had all GM EVs under Cadillac where the premium prices could be better handled. The ELR was stupid if you could do the Volt for 40k. As soon as that first Model S hit, i would have dumped everything into building a Cadillac version to bring relevance back to the brand. I would fire everyone responsible for the interiors of all GM cars, all the way to the top.

(Don’t tell that to bro1999)

“I would fire everyone responsible for the interiors of all GM cars, all the way to the top”. I test drove an ELR and the interior was pretty nice. In my opinion the problem with the ELR was that if you closed your eyes while driving (not recommended), you couldn’t tell the difference between it and the Volt. While it was cool looking, it just did seem to offer any real advantages that justified the insane price.

The Volts are OK, but whoever green-lighted the interior on Bolt should be fired. I know GM isn’t making money on Bolts, but consumers don’t really care about the design and manufacturing choices that led to their cost issues. The quality of the even simple things like the carpet and the lack of the “trunk” storage cover on the LT models is just an insult when you expect consumers to pay close to 40,000$ out the door.

What ever happened to the PHEV XT4? There were stories and spy shots in 2017, but it never materialized. That would have been on my radar. The CT6 looks like it should be the official car off the AARP, which is not a PHEV market.

Maybe revealed at the LA or Detroit show I would guess/hope.

Well, I’m a member of AARP and have 10 grandchildren, so…. Yeah.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Made in China.
PHEV, not a near EREV.

Not sad.

More concerned that the Volt will be killed.

I suspect that GM is going to go long-range BEV only.
– Battery costs are falling fast, eliminating the EV powertrain cost advantage of PHEV, while BEVs are simpler to manufacture.
– Long-range BEVs clearly have a market waiting for them
– The CARB and Chinese credit systems heavily favor BEVs. At up to $5k per CARB credit, the 2.7 credit advantage of the Bolt over the Volt is worth up to $13.5k, and TZEV credits are limited to a decreasing fraction of the credit requirements.

Meh, I hope they’ll only kill the Volt when it stops selling in significant numbers. Yes, PHEVs are a stepping stone that should go obsolete once battery prices drop enough, but as it is now there’s still a good justification for something like the Volt (although I wish it had some more utility). Ideally when they kill the Volt, EVs will be cheap and good enough that no one will miss it.

Agreed. If I hadn’t been willing to pony up for my model 3 LR I would have kept my 2014 Volt. The Bolt doesn’t have enough range at local highway speeds, CCS chargers are thin on the ground and charging speeds when you can find one are pretty slow. I do enough road trips that renting an ICE would be pretty expensive.

“Phev not a near EREV”.

I think Loboc would disagree with you. But why he doesn’t answer questions about the car is beyond me. I had heard the car goes around 22 miles on battery, when typically the same sized battery in the gen2 VOLT goes 70.

I expect the Volvo S90, also built in China, will be joining it as canceled in the USA soon.

My local Volvo store has had an S90 T8 on the lot for nearly a year now.

Wait, they somehow moved it one way or the other in the past month since I last checked.

Only a few months after opening its first U.S. plant, the Swedish brand has canceled plans to export the S60 sedans built there to China. Volvo also will stop U.S. imports of XC60 sport utility vehicles from China and dramatically reduce shipments of S90 sedans built there.

“The Cadillac CT6 PHEV died surrounded by its loved one. It is survived by its electric cousins, the Chevy Bolt and Volt.”

…and was preceded in death by its other cousin, the highly overpriced Cadillac ELR, which is even stronger evidence that GM isn’t interested in building plug-in EVs which will sell well.

Who the heck pays MSRP?

I got my 2014 ELR (new) for $43k after Gov’t incentives. Pretty good discount I’d say. I bought the 2017 CPO CT6 for $45k and traded the ELR for $20k, so, $25k for a high-end PHEV sedan only slightly used by a GM exec.

The CT6 gets nearly 70mpg on my normal daily commute and came with a 100k mile B2B warranty.

I’m not seeing any value downside here. I couldn’t find an equivalent Model S for even close to the pricing.

Keep dreaming Pushi. You just parrot the polemic. But it does seem to be true that GM only cares for 2 small EV’s at a time, and they figure they are keeping up with the competition.

CT6 was a mistake from the beginning, it was the idea of the division VP who is no longer there.

So, the car was born under the leadership of Johan de Nysschen. Now he and his anti EV attitudes are gone, hopefully we would see better PEV offering soon.