Daimler Thursday stated it plans to develop 50,000 Mercedes EQC electric cars this year, denying a report in Manager Magazin, which claimed it had been pressured to pare back its 2020 manufacturing targets due to battery supply issues.
Supervisor Magazin mentioned Mercedes had slashed its production goal to 30,000 from about 60,000 due to a scarcity of battery cells from LG Chem.
Daimler needed to promote round 25,000 EQC automobiles in 2019; however, solely managed to build nearly 7,000 for a similar reason, Supervisor Magazin stated.
A Daimler spokesperson stated its manufacturing plans for 2020 had not been amended. “Daimler plans to supply around 50,000 Mercedes-Benz EQC models in 2020,” spokesperson Joerg Howe stated.
LG Chem couldn’t be reached for remark outside of normal business hours.
Car manufacturers face huge fines next year in the event that they fail to cut their fleet emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Daimler had average fleet emissions of 130.4 grams of CO2 per kilometer two years ago and needs to strike a target of 103.1 grams per km by 2021.
If Daimler fails to pare its CO2 trace, it will have to pay a fine of 997 million euros ($1.1 billion), PA Consulting stated in a report published this month.
In 2018, common CO2 emissions in the EU surged by 1.6% to 120.4 grams per km as customers deserted diesel vehicles and drifted towards buying larger automobiles.
This caused troubles for Daimler, which was in the midst of increasing production at its electrical vehicle battery manufacturing unit Deutsche Accumotive.