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Jaguar Halts I-Pace Production Due To Battery Shortage

Jaguar sources the I-Pace’s batteries from an LG Chem factory in Poland.

Jaguar is halting production of the all-electric I-Pace for a week starting next Monday due to a battery shortage.

The Times reports that the Jaguar I-Pace gets its lithium-ion batteries from South Korean electronics giant LG Chem that manufactures them at a factory in Wroclaw, Poland.

Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz all source batteries from LG Chem’s Polish factory and in a recent article, Germany’s Manager Magazin said that all three automakers have scaled back production plans of the E-Tron, I-Pace, and EQC electric crossovers due to quality control issues at the Wroclaw factory.

In a statement issued to The Drive, a Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson said, “Jaguar Land Rover has adjusted production schedules of the Jaguar I-Pace in Graz due to temporary supplier scheduling issues. We are working with the supplier to resolve this and minimize impact on customer orders.”

Magna Steyr builds the Jaguar I-Pace at its factory in Graz, Austria.

Handelsblatt reports that Mercedes-Benz delivered far fewer EQC models in 2019 than it expected because LG Chem’s Polish factory was “unable to supply sufficient cells of consistently good quality.”

Jaguar has been looking to grow its portfolio of suppliers and in September 2018, signed a deal with Samsung SDI to acquire 5 GWh of 21700 battery cells from its Hungary factory per year. Such a deal represents a significant shift for Jaguar as Samsung produces cylindrical cells while the batteries sourced from LG Chem for the I-Pace are pouch cells.

 

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