Chip shortage! Weilai Automobile announced the suspension of production
NIO said that the overall tight supply of semiconductors has affected the company's automobile production in March this year. NIO expects that about 19,500 vehicles will be delivered in the first quarter of 2021, slightly lower than the previously expected 20,000 to 20,500 vehicles.
At this stage, it is not only Weilai Automobile, but most of the global automakers are facing a shortage of chips. In the case of a "chip shortage" caused by the impact of the epidemic, there have been multiple chip or supplier factories in the world recently. Cities are experiencing extreme natural disasters, and chip prices are also rising.
On March 22, Honda Motor announced the suspension of production at some of its North American plants; General Motors announced the temporary closure of its plant in Lansing, Michigan, which produces Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CT4 and CT5. It is not expected to restart until April this year. .
In addition, due to the shortage of automotive chips, automakers such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru and Nissan have also been forced to cut production, and some have even been forced to suspend production.
An ordinary family car needs more than a hundred small and small chips. Although only the size of a fingernail, each one is very important. If tires and glass are out of supply, it is easy to find new suppliers, but there are only a few head suppliers that produce and develop automotive chips, so automakers can only choose to stop production or increase prices when they are out of stock.
Prior to this, Tesla has successively increased the Model Y in the Chinese market and the Model 3 in the US market. It has also been considered by the outside world that the shortage of chips has caused the increase in production costs.