Mercedes begins producing 108-kwh battery pack for EQS flagship electric sedan

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Mercedes-Benz has begun generating 108-kilowatt-hour battery packs for its EQS flagship sedan, which the automaker designs to unveil April 15.

The packs are becoming produced at the Stuttgart-Hedelfingen plant, section of Mercedes’ Untertürkheim elaborate in Germany, the automaker said Tuesday in a push launch.

“The EQS will be geared up with battery layouts enabling various selection and general performance variants,” Mercedes explained, even though confirming for the initial time that the major providing will be a 108-kwh battery pack. That lines up selection estimates that have been pegged at a lot more than 700 kilometers (just less than 435 miles) on the European WLTP tests cycle because this model’s concept introduction.

The EQS pack will have “CO2-neutrally produced cells,” according to Mercedes, with chemistry including nickel, cobalt, and manganese in a ratio of 8:1:1. That decreases cobalt articles by all around 10% in comparison to earlier mobile chemistries, Mercedes stated.

As it ramps up generation of electrical cars and trucks, Mercedes mentioned it plans to be associated in all facets of the battery business enterprise, from primary study, to generation, to so-referred to as “second-lifestyle” works by using right after batteries have outlived their usefulness in cars and trucks.

Teaser for 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS debuting on April 15, 2021

To that conclusion, Mercedes programs to open up a new factory for tiny-sequence generation of long term lithium-ion cells in 2023. The automaker thinks this perfectly aid construct institutional information of battery investigation, generation, and 2nd-everyday living employs or recycling.

This follows the battery strategy that Mercedes outlined to Eco-friendly Auto Stories in 2019—shopping about for the cells, but preserving know-how above growth and manufacturing.

Past year Mercedes wonderful-tuned that program somewhat, with a $1.1 billion growth to create a “world wide network of 9 battery factories around the globe, managed by its subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive.

The business has formerly underscored that it is not going to be component of the “range race,” and will alternatively seek out reliability, high quality and longevity for its packs. It revealed in 2020 that it is sourcing the cells for the EQS from China’s CATL.

Mercedes is organizing to provide at least four electric powered styles to the United States around the following two years—starting the EQS. It is really scheduled to go on sale here this slide, followed by the EQE sedan, which is predicted to commence deliveries in 2022. Mercedes will also construct SUV variants of the EQS and EQE in Alabama, beginning afterwards in 2022.

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