Mercedes extends CATL battery deal

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

Mercedes-Benz has signed the next stage of its strategic deal with CATL for battery technology. The two will combine their battery research and development for the Mercedes-Benz EQS that will launch next year with a range of over 700 km

The agreement covers the full range of battery technologies, from cells across modules for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars to entire battery systems for Mercedes-Benz Vans in new technology configurations that Mercedes calls “promising”. This also includes the CATL cell-to-pack (CTP) design, which eliminates conventional modules and integrates the cells directly into the battery.

This follows another strategic deal with Farasis: MERCEDES DEAL CATAPULTS FARASIS INTO THE BATTERY BIG TIME . The company says it continues to rely on a balanced set of suppliers to maintain competitiveness.

”We intend to lead in battery technologies, so we are now combining our own research and development expertise with bold partners,” said Markus Schäfer. He is a Member of the Board of Management of both Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, responsible for Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars COO. “We will integrate cutting-edge battery systems to create luxury cars with outstanding range, charging speed, safety and sustainability. Working with CATL will see us accelerate our transformation towards carbon-neutrality. CATL will be a major supplier securing capacity for the next generations of our EQ products in the years to come.“

“Mercedes-Benz is a special and important partner to CATL. We are very pleased to further expand and upgrade the partnership for both parties’ future development. This combined with CATL’s expertise in battery, will be a decisive step in both parties’ electrification strategies,” said Dr Robin Zeng, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd). “Together we will collaborate on developing and delivering reliable, competitive solutions to promote worldwide e-mobility.”

The two companies have already started working on future battery generations to be introduced in a number of vehicles within the next few years. The goal is

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