German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz is set to incorporate Sila’s silicon anode chemistry into its batteries to boost the range of its future G-Class, including the electric G-Wagon. The move builds on Mercedes-Benz’s 2019 investment in Sila, a company that develops innovative battery technology. By leveraging Sila’s advanced high-silicon anode material, Mercedes-Benz will improve the energy density of its EV batteries by 20-40% above commercially available batteries of a similar format. This increase in energy density will result in more than 800 Wh/l, allowing the automaker to store more energy in the same amount of space and extend the driving range of its future EVs.
Mercedes-Benz has long been associated with automobiles and is one of the world’s leading luxury carmakers. The company has embraced the shift towards electric solutions with its EQ series of EVs, including the EQS sedan and the upcoming EQE sedan. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz has released several EV concepts, such as the VISION EQXX, that push the boundaries of EV technology.
The G-Class EQG Concept, an all-electric version of the popular G-Wagon, was unveiled last year at IAA Mobility. Although few details were released at the time, Mercedes-Benz’s recent announcement with Sila suggests that the electric G-Wagon will have an improved battery that delivers greater range.
Sila’s advanced high-silicon anode material is a game-changer for the EV industry, providing automakers with the opportunity to store more energy in the same amount of space. This increased energy density will enable Mercedes-Benz to extend the driving range of its future EVs while maintaining safety and performance standards.
Mercedes-Benz’s partnership with Sila also underscores the automaker’s commitment to sustainability. Sila’s advanced silicon anode materials will be produced using renewable energy in Washington state, making Mercedes-Benz the first publicly acknowledged automotive client of the factory.
The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Sila is a significant development in the EV industry, with the potential to revolutionize battery technology. As the shift towards electric mobility continues, innovative battery technology will play an increasingly important role in the success of EVs. Mercedes-Benz’s investment in Sila’s advanced high-silicon anode material is a step towards a sustainable future, providing drivers with the range they need while reducing their carbon footprint.