Mercedes-Benz, Factorial Energy team up for solid-state battery development

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Factorial Energy to jointly develop next-generation battery technology.

The two companies are aiming to start testing prototype cells next year, with a small series of Mercedes vehicles equipped with the technology to take to the road over the next five years.

The partnership combines Mercedes-Benz’s expertise in battery development and vehicle integration with the comprehensive know-how of Factorial in the field of solid-state batteries.

Solid-state is one of the most anticipated battery technologies under development. It features electrolytes made of solid material instead of liquid most commonly used. This should allow greater energy density, translating to both longer range and shorter charging times.

Factorial claims to have developed solid-state batteries that offer an additional 50 per cent of range per charge as well as cost parity to current lithium-ion units. They are one of the leading firms developing the technology and recently secured an investment from Stellantis.

“With Factorial as our new partner, we are taking research and development in the field of promising solid-state batteries to the next level,” said Markus Shafer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG.

“We share the common vision of CO2 neutrality. The continuous development of innovative battery technologies will make electric mobility even more attractive for our customers.”

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Solid-state batteries: Mercedes-Benz teams up with Factorial Energy

2 December 2021

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