Audi is said to be in talks with China’s BYD Group to address a shortage of batteries, slowing production of its electric-powered SUV.
E-Tron SUV models are in moderation due to lack of battery supply.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said Audi talks with BYD are going well. The two sides are considering further cooperation possibilities, which may include establishing a new joint venture, or Audi will buy BYD’s battery manufacturing division.
The Bloomberg source also said that BYD is also in talks with other carmakers about supplying batteries and there is no guarantee that Audi and BYD will put a pen to the cooperation agreement.
If the two sides shake hands, BYD could provide batteries for electric vehicles using the Volkswagen Group’s PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform, such as the Porsche Taycan and the actual production version of the model. Audi E-Tron GT.
The Volkswagen Group is said to be dealing with battery supply problems with Samsung SDI in Europe, after the supply pledge reduced from more than 20 GWh to less than 5 GWh. Therefore, Audi had to change its plans for the E-Tron SUV, cutting production at the Brussels factory due to a lack of batteries.
The deal, if successful, will also benefit BYD as it will help the Chinese business to compete with its larger competitor – CATL, the company that currently supplies batteries for Audi to produce models. Small electric SUV Q2L e-tron dedicated to the Chinese market.
BYD is China’s leading green car manufacturer, and is now Daimler’s joint venture partner, with the Denza EV brand dedicated to electric vehicles.