Mercedes-Benz G-Class to feature high-silicon battery from Sila

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Mercedes-Benz announced earlier this week that it is teaming up with Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. The said partnership will result in Mercedes’ offerings, the first being the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, to be equipped with high silicon automotive batteries.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What company did Mercedes-Benz team up with to produce high-silicon automotive batteries?

    Mercedes-Benz teamed up with Sila, a next-generation battery materials company.
  • What benefits does a high-silicon automotive battery offer the electric G-Class SUV?

    High-silicon automotive batteries allow for more power without having to increase the total size of the actual battery unit.
  • “Sila has come a long way since we established our strategic partnership in 2019. 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. Our partnership with Sila is another essential step on our way to building the most desirable electric luxury cars,” said Mercedes-Benz Management Board Member and Chief Technology Officer Markus Schäfer.

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    According to Mercedes-Benz, the innovative high silicon anode material will increase the energy density of batteries without compromising safety or other performance parameters. The technology developed by Sila will allow Mercedes to equip its vehicles with a more powerful battery without having to increase the space dedicated to such components.

    The advanced silicon anode materials will be manufactured using 100-percent renewable energy in Sila's new Washington state facility.

    “We're focused on delivering materials that are cost-efficient and capable of delivering on the promise of electric vehicles, working to ensure longer-range energy, improved charge times, and lowering battery cost per kWh. To realize the potential of next-generation materials, scale-up is a pivotal part of execution and we’ve been building towards automotive quality standards and scale since our start. With our new plant in Washington, we're ensuring we can meet the requirements of our auto partners like Mercedes-Benz as they transition to a fully electric future,” said Sila Co-founder and CEO Gene Berdichevsky.

    The first model to feature these high silicon automotive batteries will be the upcoming electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The range-extended-version, high silicon battery-equipped G-Class SUV could be released in mid-decade according to Mercedes.

    Photos from Mercedes-Benz

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