Mercedes-Benz to be Sila’s First Automotive Customer for Silicon Anode Materials

Mercedes-Benz of Germany has announced that it will work with Sila of Alameda, CA to incorporate Sila’s silicon anode chemistry in batteries which are optionally available for the first time in the upcoming electric Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The advanced silicon anode materials will be manufactured using 100% renewable energy in Sila’s new Washington State facility, making Mercedes-Benz the plant’s first publicly-announced automotive customer. Both companies are targeting mid-decade for a range-extended-version of the electric G-Class to be equipped with the new battery technology option.

Markus Schafer, Mercedes-Benz’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “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 build the most desirable electric luxury cars.”

Volume 36, Issue 10

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