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Old 23rd January 2020, 21:08   #1
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Default Mercedes halves EV production target due to battery shortage

According to German magazine "Manager Magazin", Mercedes has been forced to reduce production targets for its Mercedes-Benz EQC electric car due to a supply shortage of battery cells from LG Chem.

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  • Target of EV production reduced from 60,000 to 30,000 for this year (2020).
  • Mercedes wanted to sell around 25,000 EQC vehicles in 2019, but only managed to build around 7,000.
  • Carmakers face huge fines in EU next year if they fail to cut their fleet emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to an average 95 grams per kilometre. Mercedes had average fleet emissions of 130.4 grams in 2018 and needs to hit a target of 103.1 by 2021, according to forecasting group PA Consulting. If it fails to make progress cutting its CO2 footprint, Daimler faces a fine of 997 million euros ($1.1 billion).
  • US launch of EQC is already postponed to 2021.

Original Source (subscription based article and it is in German language):
https://www.manager-magazin.de/premi...0-000169070106

Source:
https://www.reuters.com/article/daim...-idUSL8N29S3HR
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Old 24th January 2020, 12:15   #2
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Default Re: Mercedes halves EV production target due to battery shortage

Whoa, halving the targeted numbers looks serious for Daimler. Wonder how much buffer is considered while calculating the weighted average CO2 emissions.

CAFE norms seem to be cornering many manufacturers to offer BEVs in overseas markets. However, in our country, the limit of 130g/km is being met without much sweat. Perhaps that's why the govt. is planning to tighten it further!
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Default Re: Mercedes halves EV production target due to battery shortage

With his gigafactories (and nationwide charging network), one can only imagine how far ahead a certain Mr. Musk has been thinking. Reminds me of a Jezz Bezos interview where he said "my job is to think what the market will be like 5 years from now".

Related Thread 1 (Tesla opens Gigafactory: World's largest battery production facility)

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Old 24th January 2020, 19:21   #4
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Default Re: Mercedes halves EV production target due to battery shortage

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With his gigafactories (and nationwide charging network), one can only imagine how far ahead a certain Mr. Musk has been thinking. Reminds me of a Jezz Bezos interview where he said "my job is to think what the market will be like 5 years from now".
+1 to this. Used to think Musk may fail.

Musk seems to be following the footsteps of a certain rockafeller. New technology plus building a pipeline through the country was his first step and similarly Tesla, bet on a new technology and then connected the country with their charging network. Weirdly even with competition, the tesla superchargers are cheaper than their competition and by focussing on battery tech, they have the cheapest batteries and the longest range of any automaker.

Lastly even though the autonomous driving is a little glitchy, it still is a massive step up from cruise control. Weirdly dont know how established automakers have missed this! Google has been testing autonomous cars for a longer time but Tesla has the most amount of data, in billions of miles, in comparison to millions of google.

Cars have been reduced to gadgets with a lot of tech and the established players like Mercedes were taken by surprise by this onslaught.

Lastly he has played the subsidy game the best. Musks german factory will be paid for by Fiat Chrysler! Someone did read the rule books real well.

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