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As much as the fulfillment of technical requirements has been and continues to be a determining factor in the vehicle development of the TWIKE 5, questions of timely availability and logistics of all components are increasingly pushing to the forefront of planning.
Technically, maximum compatibility with alternative components, manufacturing processes and purchasing sources was taken into account from the outset. And yet, a shortage of high-quality battery cells for small-series manufacturers is currently narrowing our possible choices more than we estimated a few months ago. The problem has been identified and we are working on a package of measures that will ultimately ensure the high performance, range and service life we are aiming for. We will not compromise on the quality of the battery cell, and we are also in promising negotiations regarding the earliest possible delivery date.
We are all the more pleased that we have already been able to contractually fix the supply of a no less critical component in the desired batch size: this so-called 3-in-1 drive unit in its combination of motor, transmission and high-voltage inverter is already in large-scale production at other vehicle manufacturers and comes from a supplier with an unquestionable reputation.