Audi’s first electric vehicle appears to be late for series production. A German newspaper has reported that the e-tron will now launch with at least four weeks delay. Similar problems are also affecting other companies, such as Tesla or e.GO.
Audi says the reason for the delay is a last minute regulatory change to software of the e-tron electric car. An Audi spokesperson added that the software change were an improvement for the customers and that it may take a month.
Sources close to the company said however that the delay may take longer than the announced four weeks, possibly even extending several months.
The report also stated that the battery supplier LG Chem is pushing their battery prices upwards, with talk of a 10% increase, although no official statement has been released.
In mid September, the e-tron debuted in San Francisco as Audi’s first fully electric serial model, before making its turn at the Paris Motor Show.
By now, about 15,000 orders have been placed for the electric SUV, which was originally planned to begin deliveries before this year’s end.