Mercedes says it can’t make electric vehicles fast enough


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Mercedes has no trouble selling electric cars, Tesla has a new recall, and Lucid is going to Europe. All this and more in The morning shift for May 10, 2022.

1st gear: Mercedes’ EV business is strong

I don’t know what to think about it, except virtually any new car today is a hot commodity, given inventory shortages due to supply chain shortages, because, year on year after it all started, we still have shortages. Still, if you were wondering if Mercedes’ EQ range of electric vehicles would land, wonder no more, via Reuters:

Asked about comments from competitors, including Volkswagen, that demand for electric vehicles was outstripping supply, [Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius] told the Financial Times Future of the Car 2022 conference on Monday: “That’s also largely true for us.”

Kallenius said customer response to the company’s EQ family of electrified cars has been “so great that we are doing everything we can to get the cars to customers as quickly as possible”.

Kallenius also teased details of a fully electrified platform for its high-performance AMG brand, which he said would be unveiled in a strategic update the company has scheduled for May 19.

Kallenius also said the AMG electric platform will be here by the end of 2025, which is far enough away that it seems almost accurate.

2nd Gear: No More Semiconductor Shortages, Yada Yada Yada

Stellantis and Ford have factories that are down this week because they can’t source enough semiconductors, according to The Detroit News.

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, and its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant, which builds the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, are down this week.

Meanwhile, Stellantis said its Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant – which assembles the Jeep Cherokee – is also down this week.

“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American factories, as well as automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in a statement. . “Behind the scenes, we have teams working on how to maximize production, with an ongoing commitment to build every high-demand vehicle for our customers with the quality they expect.”

Oh no. OWhat will we do without the Lincoln Corsair?

3rd Gear: Lucid goes to Europe

The electric vehicle maker, which is a rival to Tesla on paper, said on Tuesday it would go to Europe, where people are actually buying and reviewing electric vehicles.

Since Reuters:

The company will launch its Lucid Air Dream Edition P and R sedans in limited numbers for customers in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Norway in late 2022, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lucid added that it will cost its Air Dream Edition P/R around 218,000 euros ($230,208.00) in Germany.

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Lucid announced on Tuesday that it also plans to open its first European outlet in Munich on May 13, adding that it aims to open additional studios and service centers in Europe this year.

Probably, Lucid will find out that electric vehicles are also very popular in China. Just kidding, Lucid’s biggest problem right now isn’t that he can’t sell his EVs, it’s that he I can’t do them fast enoughjust like Mercedes.

4th gear: another Tesla reminder

Yes, it’s one of those that will be fixed by an over-the-air firmware update, which the folks at Tesla say isn’t a real recall, because you don’t have to bring the car in at a dealership. Either way, they should take their case to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which uses the term “recall.” The latter relates to a possibly overheating infotainment processor.

Reports Automotive News:

Tesla Inc. is recalling nearly 130,000 electric vehicles in the United States because the central infotainment processing unit can overheat during fast charging, causing the center display to lag or not appear.

The recall affects 2021-22 Model S and X vehicles and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles running certain firmware versions, according to a safety recall report submitted May 3 to NHTSA.

During fast charging or in preparation for fast charging, the infotainment processor “may not cool sufficiently to avoid higher than expected temperatures”, affecting the central display, according to the report.

If the center display lags or appears blank, it may also result in the unavailability of the rear view camera display, windshield visibility control settings, drive modes (i.e. says the report.

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To address the issue, Tesla is rolling out an over-the-air firmware update to improve CPU temperature management and “communications associated with high temperature operation.”

There are no crashes or injuries related to the issue, according to AN, so you’re free to joke about how good the Teslas are.

5th gear: Meanwhile, in China, Tesla has bigger problems

Reuters said that Tesla has halted most of its production in Shanghai because it is struggling to source parts. Reuters also reports Tesla’s April sales in China fell 98% from March. There are also pandemic blockages to manage.

Shanghai is in its sixth week of an intensified lockdown that has tested manufacturers’ ability to operate amid tight restrictions on the movement of people and materials.

Tesla planned to manufacture fewer than 200 vehicles at its city plant on Tuesday, the memo said, well below the roughly 1,200 units a day it had increased to shortly after reopening on April 19 after a 22-hour shutdown. days.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

After its reopening, the plant produced 10,757 vehicles at the end of April, selling 1,512 of them, the CPCA said.

That compared to 65,814 cars sold in March and marked the lowest sales total since April 2020, four months after the plant began delivering Chinese-made cars.

Tesla did not export Chinese-made Model 3s and Model Ys from the Shanghai factory in April, the data showed.

It’s temporary, of course, but it really means we’re still not out of the woods.

Reverse: Chrysler


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