The electric G-Class Mercedes will use new battery chemistry from US firm Sila, the automaker confirmed in a press release Tuesday.

Founded in 2011, Sila has developed an anode material with a high silicon content, which the company claims can increase energy density by 20-40% compared to modern lithium-ion batteries to more than 800 W / L at the cell level.

Increased energy density means that more energy can be stored in a given space, allowing you to increase the range without increasing the size of the battery.

The Mercedes-Benz EQG concept

Mercedes, which invested in Sila in 2019, plans to start using the company’s cells in the middle of the decade to expand the EV version of the G-Class. The companies claim that the cells will be manufactured at a plant in Washington State using 100% renewable energy.

Mercedes is the plant’s first publicly announced automotive customer and plans to expand the use of the new cells to other models after their G-Class debut.

The launch is scheduled for 2024the electric G-Class was a preview last year EQG concept. This concept had a ladder frame similar to the current G-Class, which housed the battery modules. Four electric motors – one on each wheel – provided power, while a 2-speed gearbox varied off-road.

The Mercedes-Benz EQG concept

The Mercedes-Benz EQG concept

At the unveiling of the concept, Mercedes said it plans to test serial versions on the 4,741-foot-high Sheckel Mountain in Graz, Austria, at the end of development to prove that the EV off-road has repulsed. The mountain has a 3.5-kilometer off-road course with a slope of up to 60 degrees.

Meanwhile, an updated version of the current G-Class is expected to appear soon. We have have already seen prototypes standard version, AMG G63 performance version, and high ride 4×4 squared version testing. The revised G-Class is expected to debut later this year as a 2023 model.

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