View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Dashboard
  2. Deals
May 18, 2022

Mercedes to offer new battery tech

Increases battery energy density.

By Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz said it was working with battery materials supplier Sila to use silicon anode chemistry in batteries which will be optional in the upcoming electric G-Class.

The new anode material will, the automaker claimed, increase the energy density of batteries without compromising safety or other performance parameters. The technology enables a 20-40% increase in energy density reaching 800 Wh/l at cell level. This allows storage of more energy in the same space, increasing vehicle range “by a significant amount”.

The materials will be manufactured using renewable energy in a new Washington state factory, and Mercedes-Benz is the first publicly announced automotive customer. Both companies are targeting mid-decade for a longer range G-Class EV with the new technology as an option.

The automaker invested in Sila in 2019.

Sila claims to have been first to offer a new lithium-ion chemistry with “dramatically higher energy density” which is likely to be used in future Mercedes models.

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every quarter.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Just Auto