Mercedes says it can’t make electric cars fast enough

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Mercedes has no problem selling electric cars, Tesla has a new recall, and Lucid is going to Europe. All that and more in morning shift On May 10, 2022.

First gear: Mercedes EV business is strong

I’m not really sure what to do with this, other than Almost any new car today is a hot commodity, given the lack of inventory due to the lack of the supply chain, because more than a year After it all startedWe still have a shortage. However, if you’re wondering if the Mercedes EQ electric cars will land, wonder no more, via Reuters:

Asked about competitors’ comments, including Volkswagen, that demand for electric vehicles is outstripping supply, [Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius] At the Financial Times Future of the Car 2022 conference on Monday: “That’s pretty much true for us, too.”

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

Kallenius also raised details of an all-electric platform for its high-performance AMG brand, which he said would be revealed in the company’s strategic update scheduled for May 19.

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

Second gear: more semiconductor shortage, yada yada yada

Stellantis and Ford both have factories that are down this week because they can’t supply enough semiconductors, According to the Detroit News,.

Ford Motor Company said Monday that its Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant, which builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, as well as the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, which builds the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus, has been down this week.

Meanwhile, Stellantis said the Belvidere Assembly plant in Illinois — which assembles the Jeep Cherokee — has also been down this week.

“The global shortage of semiconductors continues to affect Ford’s plants in North America — along with automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford spokeswoman Kelly Felker said in a statement. “Behind the scenes, we have teams working on how to maximize production, with an ongoing commitment to building every much-needed vehicle for our customers with the quality they expect.”

Oh no. WA hat would we do without a Lincoln Corsair?

Third gear: Lucid heads to Europe

EV, a rival to Tesla on paper, said Tuesday that it will head to Europe, where people are already buying and evaluating electric vehicles.

from Reuters:

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

Lucid added that it will price the Air Dream Edition P/R at around €218,000 ($230,208.00) in Germany.

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Lucid said on Tuesday it also plans to open its first European retail location in Munich on May 13, adding that it aims to open additional studio locations and service centers in Europe this year.

Then, Lucid will likely find out that electric vehicles are also very popular in China. I’m just a kid, Lucid’s main problem right now isn’t that he can’t sell her electric vehicles but that Can’t make it fast enoughJust like Mercedes.

Fourth gear: Calling another Tesla

Yes, this is one of those that will be fixed via an over-the-air firmware update, which the Tesla folks insist isn’t a real recall, because you don’t have to take the car to a dealer. In any case, they should take their case to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which uses the term “recall.” This latest release is all about the potentially frenetic infotainment processor.

Reports Car News:

Tesla Inc. withdraws. Roughly 130,000 electric cars in the US because the infotainment CPU may overheat during fast charging, causing the center display to lag or appear blank.

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

During fast charging, or while preparing for fast charging, the infotainment processor “may not cool down enough to prevent higher-than-expected temperatures,” affecting the center display, according to the report.

If the center display is delayed or appears blank, it may also cause the rear view camera display, windshield vision control settings, driving modes (for example, drive, neutral or reverse) and other warning lights to become unavailable, increasing the risk of collision, the report said.

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To fix the problem, Tesla is deploying an over-the-air firmware update to improve processor temperature management and “communications associated with operating at elevated temperature”.

According to AN, there are no accidents or injuries related to the issue, so you’re free to joke about how well Teslas is made.

Fifth gear: Meanwhile, in China, Tesla has even bigger problems

Reuters Says That Tesla has halted most production in Shanghai because it is having trouble getting parts. Reuters also says that Tesla’s April sales in China fell 98 percent compared to March. There are also pandemic lockdowns out there to contend with.

Shanghai has entered its sixth week of an intense lockdown that has tested manufacturers’ ability to operate amid severe restrictions on the movement of people and materials.

Tesla planned to manufacture fewer than 200 cars at its plant in the city on Tuesday, according to the memo, well below about 1,200 units per day shortly after reopening on April 19 after a 22-day shutdown.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

The authority said that after reopening the factory, the factory produced 10,757 cars by the end of April, of which 1,512 cars were sold.

That compared to 65,814 cars sold in March, the lowest sales tally since April 2020, four months after the plant began delivering cars made in China.

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

This is temporary, sure, but it really says we still haven’t gotten much out of the woods.

Rear: Chrysler

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