Mercedes-Benz and Sila To Build Longer Range, High Silicon Batteries

Mercedes-Benz is to work with Sila, a next-generation battery materials company, to incorporate Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in its vehicles’ batteries.

The high-silicon anode material will, the company says, increase the energy density of batteries and enable a 20-40 per cent increase in energy density. This will allow more energy to be stored in the same space, increasing a vehicle’s range.

Both Mercedes-Benz and Sila are targeting mid-decade for a range-extended-version of the electric G-Class to be equipped with the new battery technology option.
Mercedes-Benz invested in Sila in 2019 as part of the company’s research and development of advanced batteries for the automaker’s future electric vehicles.

“Sila has come a long way since we established our strategic partnership in 2019,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Chief Technology Officer, responsible for Development and Procurement.

“They have been proving their ability to not only deliver scientific innovation at the highest level, but also their ability to manufacture high quality material. We’re glad that in Sila we have a leading partner who will help us power our future generation of electric luxury vehicles with their highly innovative anode technology. Delivering such a high energy density is a true game changer and allows us to think in completely new directions when developing future electric cars.”

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2022) 

13 June 2022

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