Audi Allegedly Reducing E-Tron Production Goals Due To Battery Shortage

Audi is reportedly revising its initial production plans for the e-tron SUV in order to deal with a battery shortage.

According to Belgian newspaper L’Echo, internal documents revealed the car manufacturer intended on building 55,830 examples of the e-tron in 2019; however, this figure has since been revised to 45,242 units.

A factory insider who spoke with L’Echo claims that this was caused by limitations posed from LG, who supplies batteries for the Audi e-tron. Moreover, the insider claims there are “tons of problems with LG.”

Also Read: Audi Q4 e-Tron Concept Previews Upcoming All-Electric Compact SUV

Audi kicked off deliveries of the e-tron SUV across Europe recently and the first examples are tipped to arrive in the United States as early as next month. It is thought to be building 160 e-tron models per day and intends on lifting that number to 293 units per day by the end of September. As part of this production increase, factory workers will have their hours lifted from six to eight hours a day.

In addition to the alleged battery shortage reducing e-tron SUV production, it is reported that the company has been forced to push back its plans to commence production of the e-tron Sportback from the end of this year to the start of 2020.

Audi announced earlier this month that 2019 e-tron models sold in the United States have an EPA-estimated range of 204 miles (328 km). The e-tron also supports 150 kW high-speed charging, which can add 54 miles (87 km) of range in 10 minutes and 163 miles (262 km) in 30 minutes.

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  • Tom

    In the last about 10 years the German car makers were sleeping…
    There were 3 or more joint initiatives for building rechargeable battery and cells in Europe… and all for waste! That’s the result.
    … German arrogance!

  • Daniela Wolf

    from zero to almost 50 000 EV p.a, gg!

  • lagunas3ca

    Right? “Battery shortage.”

  • lagunas3ca

    Funny there’s no shortage for Tesla…

    • TheBelltower

      Exactly. People underestimate the benefits of “vertical integration” just like they underestimated the benefits of wholly owned showrooms and service centers. Tesla partnered with Panasonic, but it is a very tightly managed relationship within the Gigafactory.

      • lagunas3ca

        Meanwhile VW pouring tens of billions into R&D over the next five years for building out EVs with no secured battery supplier.

        • P H

          Really? Seems you have no idea what you are talking about.

          The Volkswagen Group has taken LG Chem, Samsung and SKI on board as strategic partners for Europe. These partners will safeguard battery supplies from 2019. In addition, SKI will cover the Group’s demand on the North American market from 2022. CATL was nominated as the strategic partner for China, and will supply batteries for the Group’s own electric fleet from 2019.

    • P H

      WTF!?!

      It’s not a week ago when Musk wrote on Twitter: “Pana cell lines at Giga are only at ~24GWh/yr & have been a constraint on Model 3 output since July”

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  • Matt

    That’s a baseless assumption though, you’re creating a conspiracy theory about lack of sales on a car that isn’t even yet on sale?

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