Mercedes-BenzUpcoming All-electric G-Class will use new, energy-saving electric vehicle battery technology, helping to reduce the weight of the off-road vehicle.
The German car manufacturer has confirmed the electric G-Class will be optionally available with silicon-based electric vehicle (EV) battery technology made by US startup Sila Nanotechnologies from 2025.
The company’s high silicon anode material is said to have 20 to 40 percent increased energy density compared to commercially available battery cells of comparable format, with a volumetric energy density of more than 800Wh/ L.
For context, the present is built by China Tesla Model 3 with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack having a volumetric energy density of 359Wh/L.
In simpler terms, this silicon-based EV battery will allow Mercedes-Benz to store more energy in the same space, thereby increasing the range of the EV.
At this stage, both companies are aiming for a mid-decade reveal for a long-range version of the all-electric G-Class using silicon-based battery technology.
The batteries will be manufactured at Sila’s manufacturing plant in the US state of Washington, which is powered by 100% renewable energy.
“Sila has come a long way since we established our strategic partnership in 2019,” said Mercedes-Benz Group AG member Markus Schäfer.
“We are delighted that at Sila we have a leading partner that will help us power future generations of luxury electric vehicles with their advanced anode technology.”
“Delivering such high power density is a real game changer and allows us to think in entirely new directions when developing future electric cars.”
“Our partnership with Sila is another important step on the road to building the most desirable luxury electric vehicles.”
Mercedes-Benz is not the first automaker to invest in a company that is working on silicon-based EV battery technology.
Volvo announced in April 2022 it invest in an Israeli startup called StoreDot is working on a silicon-based battery that can last for a claimed 160 km in five minutes.
Mercedes-Benz reveals “coming into production” The concept of EQG in September 2021, with a revolutionary look and promise of off-road capability enough to rival the gasoline-powered G-Wagens.
Underneath the skin, the Concept EQG has four electric motors that produce undisclosed outputs.
At the front, it gets a fully independent suspension, while the rear gets a new solid axle that’s been tuned to accommodate the car’s electric motor.
While low torque is inherently an electric motor’s strength, Mercedes-Benz has fitted a manual-switchable two-speed transmission for what is likely to become an electric motor in the range. short.
To ensure that it can survive off-road, Mercedes-Benz says the electric G-Class will be tested on the Schöckl mountain in Graz, Austria, near where the petrol model is currently being built.
Look-wise, the Concept EQG retains the upright styling and cubic details of the current G-Class, but has a square spare wheel cover at the rear.