Motor marque Jaguar is suspending production of its electric SUV I-Pace in Graz, Austria this week as a result of battery supply problems with supplier LG Chem.
The UK-based manufacturer is supplied by LG Chem's Polish plant, and the dearth of available battery cells has impacted competitor Mercedes Benz too, according to e-mobility news site Electrive.com.
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The struggle to maintain consistent supply is a common problem for carmakers, as they struggle to meet increasing demand which has ramped up in the UK and other countries worldwide. According to Belgian media, a lack of battery cells from LG Chem is also behind Audi's cutting back on work at it's Brussels plant in January of 2020.
British newspaper The Times reported the halt in production of the SUV electric vehicle (EV) “for one week starting Monday next week” because the lithium-ion battery supply had run out. Jaguar's company’s spokesperson iterated: “Together with the supplier, we are working on a solution to minimise the impact on customer orders.”
Jaguar Land Rover has outsourced manufacture of the I-Pace to Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, where the electric SUV shares an assembly line with it's smaller stablemate, the E-Pace SUV.
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