Insufficient Supply Of LG Batteries Audi E-tron Electric SUV Capacity Reduction

- Nov 13, 2019-

According to local media reports in Belgium, due to a shortage of battery supply, Audi plans to cut the established capacity of the e-tron electric SUV. Audi currently produces e-tron models at its Brussels, Belgium plant. The model has been delivered in many European markets and the US market will begin delivery next month.

According to the report, Audi's internal documents show that Audi originally planned to produce 55,830 e-tron models in 2019, but now Audi has revised its production capacity to 45,242 units. The reason for this is that the capacity plan is revised due to the limited supply of LG batteries. But the report also mentioned that the revision plan may also be due to market demand. A factory insider said to the outside media that LG, which provides battery cells, has many problems.

However, this report pointed out that the actual capacity of the plant is gradually getting on track. It is reported that the current e-tron production capacity of the plant is 160 vehicles, and it is planned to reach a daily capacity of 293 vehicles by the end of September. The factory staff now only needs to work 6 hours a day, and Audi may return to work 8 hours a day, 4 days a week.

In addition, the shortage of battery supply has also led to the delay of the e-tronSportback version, which is scheduled to enter mass production this year, but reports have been postponed until next year.