BERLIN -- Daimler wants to manufacture its own battery cells, Business Insider reported, citing company sources.
In 2019 Daimler struck a deal to buy lithium ion battery cells from Farasis Energy.
The Chinese-American supplier had intended to build a factory in eastern Germany to help the automaker ramp up electric-vehicle production.
But the plant has not yet been built and there were issues with the initial cell samples, Business Insider reported, prompting a change of heart from Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius.
The report said it was unclear whether Daimler wants to manufacture the battery cells on its own or with a partner.
A spokesperson for Daimler declined to comment.
Last month, Daimler intensified its partnership with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) as part of plans to speed up electrification in its trucks division.