Daimler Denies Battery Shortage Issue, Says It Will Build 50,000 Mercedes EQCs This Year



Daimler has denied a report from Germany claiming that it will slash production targets of the Mercedes-Benz EQC due to a battery shortage.

Earlier this week,” Manager Magazin released a report claiming a lack of battery cells in the provider LG Chem had forced the automaker to cut its own EQC manufacturing goal from roughly 60,000 to only 30,000 for the 2020 calendar year.

In a statement issued to Reuters, nevertheless, Daimler spokesman Joerg Howe said no amendments have been made to EQC manufacturing targets this season.  “Daimler plans to produce approximately 50,000 Mercedes-Benz EQC versions in 2020,” Howe stated.

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The German report claimed that Mercedes-Benz had wanted to market around 25,000 EQC models but that it only constructed 7,000 because of the battery shortage. Howe did not state whether this assertion is accurate. Daimler did seem to admit that it is struggling to meet battery demand, yet.

Speaking with Manager Magazin, Daimler works council chief said that the company has encountered issues after Tesla purchased Grohmann Engineering, a battery automation specialist Mercedes-Benz had hired to develop its battery production capability. This caused problems since it occurred while the carmaker was awakened manufacturing at Deutsche Accumotive, its own electric vehicle battery manufacturing unit.

In a separate report, Auto Bild says the initiation of the EQC in North America has been postponed by a year until 2021 since the company tackles production issues. In October, Mercedes-Benz issued a recall for 1,696 EQC versions delivered due to a bolt.

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