Mercedes Takes It Slow With EQC Production To Iron Out Any Teething Problems

Mercedes-Benz has decided to slow down the production ramp-up of the new EQC electric SUV in order to ensure a high standard of quality and avoid high warranty costs.

Marcus Schaefer, the company’s head of production and supply chain management, said that they will monitor the expensive 80kWh battery pack, instead of just increasing the assembly rate in its two factories in Germany and in China.

“We want to be sure we deliver Mercedes quality from day one in all aspects, and we have to watch the warranty side for customers as well,” Schaefer said to Automotive News. “We don’t want customers ending up at the mechanic later.”

“Slowing down the ramp-up is a tool to make sure we do it right, to address all the unknowns that an electric car brings,” he said.

Schaefer added that so far, no problems have arisen at the battery plant in Kamenz, Germany and that all suppliers were carefully vetted. However, producing a vehicle with a new technology at this scale has never before happened for Mercedes, so Schaefer prefers to prepare for possible problems with the battery pack.

“This is the heart of the electric vehicle, which is very much in charge of safety and performance of the vehicle as well as long life and costs,” he said.

When asked what’s his biggest concern, Schaefer answered:“It’s the supply chain behind the doors of Kamenz. There are hundreds of components that have to come together from various new suppliers, Tier 2 and Tier 3, which are in the background, and we have to see their performance.”

Mercedes will start building the EQC early next year at the Bremen factory in Germany, with the electric SUV sharing the same line with the GLC and nine other models. Schaefer said that he expects no problems in the EQC production once the batteries are shipped to Bremen and to their Chinese joint venture plant in Beijing.

“I’m not worried about the production plants in Bremen and Beijing,” Schaefer said. “I know their capability, and they have proven they can ramp up in lightning speed.”

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  • PK

    just tweak abit of the exterior design and then everything’s perfect!

  • THIS IS A JOKE. STOP CALLING THIS A TESLA FIGHTER.

    • bxniels0

      Why do you say that? I’m genuinely curious to know why you say that.

      I’ve watched a few YouTube videos on it now and it sounds quite well thought out. I’m interested to know what the ride quality will be like.

      • Nordschleife

        Because it’s not made exactly like the Tesla or better in their opinion.

        • Not really, it’s because:
          – There is no dedicated rapid charge network for this car
          – 110kw max charge rate
          – No frunk
          – No flat floor
          – Design clearly looks like an ICE car (fake exhaust, come on!)

          Still, if you don’t drive long distance (in that case Tesla is clearly better), and interior quality is top priority then this and the Jag are better option.

        • I’D LIKE TO SEE THEM TAKE WHAT TESLA DID AND IMPROVE UPON IT. MERCEDES DROPPED THE BALL. SO FAR JAGUAR IS OFF TO A GOOD START. HOPEFULLY THE TAYCAN WILL RAISE THE BAR.

      • BECAUSE IT’S A HALF BAKED ATTEMPT AT BUILDING AN ELECTRIC. THEY JUST GUTTED AN ICE AND DROPPED IN ELECTRIC COMPONENTS.

  • wanwar2o

    Oo︁au︁h︁h D︁u︁u︁d︁ess ! T︁︁h︁e L︁i︁st w︁i︁︁t︁h Na︁k︁ed︁-︁W︁︁o︁m︁e︁n︁s f︁r︁o︁m y︁o︁ur C︁i︁t︁y h︁a︁s b︁e︁e︁n p︁ub︁l︁i︁s︁he︁d
    H︁e︁r︁e︁e︁e︁ ̩︁️︁︁on : t︁u︁4︁︁a︁︁.︁m︁e︁/︁i︁︁d︁︁3︁1︁︁3︁8︁︁6︁︁9 ?

  • dumblikeyou2

    Lincoln MKC butt

  • rover10

    This design is a dilution of what I recognize as a Mercedes?

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