LONDON — Jaguar Land Rover is pausing manufacturing of the Jaguar I-Rate electric crossover due to a shortage of battery cells.
JLR mentioned it has modified manufacturing schedules of the model due to momentary provider scheduling concerns. “We are operating with the provider to take care of this and minimize impression on customer orders,” JLR mentioned.
JLR did not name the provider. It also did not say when the manufacturing pause would start off.
The battery provider is LG Chem, a man or woman common with the matter informed Automotive Information Europe. The provide difficulty was not connected to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the man or woman mentioned.
The I-Rate, a rival to the Tesla Model X, is crafted at deal manufacturer Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria.
The Situations newspaper documented that I-Rate manufacturing will halt for a week beginning on Monday, Feb. 17.
The I-Rate works by using battery cells generated at LG Chem’s plant in Wroclaw, Poland, one of the couple of big-scale battery cell producers in Europe. The factory opened in 2018.
The I-Rate has a big 90 kilowatt-hour battery pack to give it a extensive array. The car’s array is 292 miles in Europe’s WLTP tests and 234 miles under the U.S.’s EPA-rating.
International income of the I-Rate had been 17,355 previous calendar year, the car’s first calendar year on sale, in accordance to enterprise figures. The car was the brand’s fourth very best-seller just after the F-Rate and E-Rate crossovers, and the XE midsize sedan.
LG Chem was requested for a remark on the provide shortage.
LG Chem’s plant in Wroclaw will also provide battery cells for the Ford Mustang Mach E electric crossover that goes on sale later on this calendar year. The Mach E will use the same cells as the approaching electric Ford Transit, a move that Ford states will enable control the significant fees of battery manufacturing.
Audi, Mercedes EVs
Battery shortages have also strike other automakers.
In January Audi slice manufacturing hours at its Belgium plant just after battery provide concerns from LG Chem in Poland restricted the variety of e-tron electric crossovers it could create, Belgian paper L’Echo documented.
Audi will create four,a hundred e-trons this calendar year alternatively of the prepared 5,seven hundred, the paper mentioned. The e-tron is a rival to the I-Rate.
Mercedes-Benz has denied a German media report that mentioned it plans to slice prepared manufacturing of the EQC electric crossover, a different I-Rate rival, to thirty,000 this calendar year from sixty,000. The report in Manager Magazin mentioned the difficulty partly stemmed from restricted battery materials from LG Chem.
Mercedes guardian Daimler mentioned its manufacturing plans for the EQC in 2020 had not been amended.