Daimler says no battery bottleneck for EQC electric crossover

FRANKFURT — Daimler said it plans to build 50,000 Mercedes EQC models this year, denying a report that claimed the automaker had been forced to reduce its 2020 production targets for the full-electric crossover due to battery supply problems.

Manager Magazin said Mercedes had cut its production target for the EQC to 30,000 from about 60,000 because of a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem.

Daimler wanted to sell around 25,000 EQC vehicles in 2019, but only managed to build about 7,000 for the same reason, Manager Magazin said.

A Daimler spokesman said its production plans for 2020 had not been amended.

“Daimler plans to produce around 50,000 Mercedes-Benz EQC models in 2020,” spokesman Joerg Howe said.

The EQC is the first of its EQ family of full-electric vehicles.

The EQC is powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery and has a range of 445 km (276 miles) to 471 km (293 miles), based on New European Driving Cycle estimates.

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