Mercedes extends CATL battery deal: Page 2 of 3

August 11, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Mercedes is to pool R&D with battery maker CATL ahead of a major launch next year
Mercedes is to pool R&D with battery maker CATL ahead of a major launch next year
to shorten development cycles, significantly increase the ranges of future batteries through advances in energy density and reduce charging times.

With the EQS luxury sedan, which will be delivered to customers next year, the development goal for the CATL cell modules is a long-distance range of more than 700 km (WLTP range) and a doubling of the charging speed compared to current models.

“Daimler will continue to strengthen its global competitiveness and enhance efficiency by working with strong and innovative partners to pursue our future strategy, including electric mobility. In China, we have established strong cooperation with key industry and technology players over the years that have contributed not only to our strong growth momentum but also brought efficiency in production, purchasing and research and development,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler responsible for Greater China.

To minimize the carbon footprint of current and future vehicle generations, the partners have agreed to the carbon-neutral production of battery products. To enable this, CATL will use electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydropower for its production. CO2-neutral battery cell production alone can save over 30% of the CO2 footprint of an entire battery.

At the beginning of 2020, Mercedes-Benz and CATL had already launched a joint pilot project using blockchain technology to create transparency on the emissions of climate-damaging gases and the proportion of secondary material along the battery cell supply chain. The next step is to significantly reduce the reliance on raw material mining through the recycling of end-of-life batteries.

“Within the framework of this newly established strategic partnership, CATL fully commits to Mercedes-Benz AG’s sustainability goals including ‘Ambition 2039’. This includes sustainable production with renewable energy, the minimum CO2 footprint in terms of logistics within the whole supply chain and respect for all aspects of social responsibility. CATL will ensure CO2 neutral battery production and maximize CO2 reduction in the battery supply chain for the


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