Audi has confirmed that its e-tron electric SUV has been delayed by about 4 weeks due to a software change. In the meantime, LG Chem is reportedly trying to increase the price of the vehicle’s batteries.
Based on anonymous sources, German magazine Bild am Sonntag reported the news this weekend.
They stated that it could result in a several month delay. While Audi confirmed the software change has indeed resulted in a delay, they claim it will only be a few weeks:
An Audi spokesman said “the software change results today in a four weeks later delivery.”
Bild sources also said that battery cells are also a bottleneck and that Audi is stuck in negotiations with LG Chem who are requesting a 10-percent price increase to supply the cells.
Audi and LG both declined to comment on the negotiations.
Last month, Audi officially launched the e-tron at an event in San Francisco and the German automaker claimed that it started production 2 weeks earlier.
Deliveries were expected by the end of the year in Europe and in early 2019 in North America.