Daimler Denies Reported Battery Shortages Causing Electric Car Delays

JUN 11 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 16

Despite recent reports stating that battery shortages and technical problems may hinder Mercedes’ EQC electric SUV and new S-Class plug-in hybrid production, Daimler says there are no delays.

Germany’s Handelsblatt business daily reported that the all-new EQC may fall behind schedule since the automaker is up against some technical issues and batteries are scarce. The publication says that the upcoming Mercedes electric SUV won’t hit dealerships until June 2019, which it asserts is many months behind Daimler’s previously reported target.

Handelsblatt mentioned the new Mercedes’ S-Class plug-in hybrid as well. The German source stated that unnamed sources inside Daimler revealed that it’s not coming to market until 2021.

Daimler commented on the story, saying that there hasn’t been a specific launch date publicized for the EQC. For this reason, it can’t be reported as behind schedule. In addition, the automaker told Reuters that the S-Class was on schedule. The Daimler spokesperson said (via Automotive News Europe):

We are on target, there are no delays.

None of the related sources mentioned any Daimler comments about a battery shortage situation or a revelation of the reported technical problems. It’s well-known that automakers may be struggling to secure enough batteries to produce electric cars in high volume. This concern will only escalate as more EVs enter production.

Nonetheless, many automakers are making claims to electrify most (if not all) vehicles in the coming years. Mercedes says that it will release an electrified version of every one of its vehicles by 2022, which will amount to some 50 models.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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Benz
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Now that the Jaguar I-Pace has already been revealed, and the Audi e-Tron will be released in a few months, Daimler wouldn’t want to wait too long to put their Mercedes Benz EQC on the market. It’s all about marketshare.

John Doe
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I read they will speed up model releases (not the first EV, but the rest) due to the diesel emission problems. Looks like BMW is the only brand with no diesel emission scandal lurking.. Will be interesting to see all the different EVs from many brands in the timeframe 2020 – 2025. It’s too bad supply is so limited. Jaguar I-Pace had sold all the cars they will make in the first “batch”. Hyundai have waiting lists that is loong.. The Audi boss in Norway said supply of the e-Tron will be large, and that they could handle huge orders. I’m really interested to see if that is just talk, or if they utilize full production volume on the Belgian plant. How many have they designed the factory to produce? I read that they will sell about 10K e-Tron in Norway during the first 6 months, if they can supply the customers. Two weeks ago a dealer showed a e-Tron to customers, and people were signing up. You could see the dollar sign in the eyes of the sales person. As for market share, brand loyalty is important for many customers. Another brand have to really convince them, in order… Read more »
earl colby pottinger
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earl colby pottinger

But waiting can cause the customer to look at other brands. I was a Tesla only fan, but the long wait has made me look at Bolt – rejected because of dealer lies. However, I am still also looking at the Bollinger as that fits a lot of my needs. I am no longer a 100% guarantee Tesla buyer because of the wait.

Still a Tesla fan and stock owner.

Clive
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Clive

I will take that EQA hatch over a Tesla Model 3 any day.

Plus I can get the $7500 baked into my car deal from Mercedes.

Mint
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Mint

Let’s see what the non-concept version looks like first (not to mention price, release date, production volume, charging network…)

Mikael
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Mikael

Assuming there will be any tax credit for Mercedes left by the time they get this onto the market. 😉

An imaginary EV in the future for one real today. And the real today comes with much better specs. too. A 200 mile range for example is not all that impressive for such an expensive car so far into the future.

jelloslug
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jelloslug

In two or three years you might be able to buy one.

Michael Will
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Michael Will

After driving the Model 3 since january for almost 7k miles, I can hardly believe that the EQA will be even close to as epic a ride. But of course I want to test drive one as soon as it comes out. What year again?

Mil
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Mil

All these car manufacturers were sitting on their hands when Tesla were making the Models S and X waiting to see if they failed, all the while claiming they could churn out competing cars should they turn out to be successful. Anyone with half a brain realised that battery supply would be a massive bottleneck if they decided to suddenly pivot. Did not take a genius.

They can deny it all they want but nearly all manufacturers are suffering from battery supply issues which is why Tesla went with creating a gigafactory years ago. Hyundai are also having battery supply issues and they can’t meet demand for their Ioniq. GM are also having battery supply issues. Daimler can bluff all they want, but I’m fairly sure they have supply issues too. Can’t wait for their excuses to roll in.

earl colby pottinger
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earl colby pottinger

It is crazy. There was of-course more than enough battery production if any one of the car companies were the only one to bring out a design, but instead we have what? Ten or more car models all due at about the same time – suddenly what surplus production have to be split up and no car company can get as many batteries as cars they can make.

John Doe
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I don’t think there will be any supply problems, given they have ordered the cells a long time ago.

Volume orders from several manufacturers are the reason 3 new battery cell factories are constructed in Europe.

Batteries are a commodity, and manufacturers will increase production volumes, if they get a price for the cells that give them a profit that is OK.

They need car manufacturers to sign deals for a certain volume. Production capacity must match orders as close as possible. Higher volumes = lower prices.

In 2025 battery production volumes will be extremely high. At least if batteries come down enough in price.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“Volume orders from several manufacturers are the reason 3 new battery cell factories are constructed in Europe.”

Using a thimble to fill a swimming pool is more than slightly inadequate.

There aren’t going to be enough EV batteries to go around for most legacy auto makers, and that will likely remain so until they spend billions (or 10s or 100s of billions) of dollars to build out their own battery cell supply factories.

earl colby pottinger
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earl colby pottinger

The battery companies will do it themselves, but they will want firm contracts signed first. That will still take time.

Joe
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Joe

Well, we now know that also MB has its own massive Diesel cheating scandal, after denying for years. So probably the marketing department saw also this one coming and had their answers ready: no schedule so we cannot be behind schedule. MB would be the first major automaker without a schedule for a new model.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

“Daimler Denies Reported Battery Shortages Causing Electric Car Delays”

First legacy auto makers denied the need to spend billions of dollars to ensure their future supply of EV battery cells… now they’re starting to deny that their refusal to spend the needed money is actually resulting in a shortage.

Expect to see a lot more of this over the next few years, until legacy auto makers finally bite the bullet and do what Tesla and BYD (and to some extent VW) have done: Spend billions on building a sizable manufacturing base for their future EV battery needs.

The near-term shortage of EV batteries is just one of the reasons why some current automotive market leaders are not going to survive the EV revolution. Will Mercedes be one of the ones which falls by the wayside? Only time will tell.

Mark C
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Mark C

Oh, good. There are no delays. I guess that means, “We aren’t in a hurry to sell a car that we didn’t want to build in the first place.”