Mercedes-Benz has promised that its upcoming EQS all-electric luxury sedan will use a new battery supplier agreement to beat Tesla’s range,media reported. It is reported that Mercedes will work with the Ninder era (CATL) on the new lithium-ion module technology, and will also bring the battery production closer to the Mercedes headquarters.
Interestingly, Tesla is no stranger to CATL. In fact, the U.S. electric car company is on track to become the first to use what CATL calls a “million-mile battery” that lasts much longer than today’s lithium-ion battery packs.
But Mercedes will offer the most range – at least for now. Currently, the Tesla Model S has a RANGE of 610km in Europe, while Mercedes-Benz says its target for the upcoming EQS will exceed 700km.
The EQS debuted in September 2019, when it was also named vision EQS concept car, an attempt by Mercedes to move into the green luxury car space. While the two-tone paint used in the concept car seems unlikely to go into production, its overall aerodynamic shape and recyclable materials may be put into production. At the time, EQS released data showing that it accelerated at 100km after 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of 124mph, although there were rumours that the Mercedes-AMG EQS version would have more horsepower.
Of course, battery technology isn’t just about getting electricity: just as important is how quickly users can inject electricity into lithium-ion battery packs. Mercedes and CATL say their goal is to make the EQS charge at twice the speed of current electric vehicles.
Mercedes said today: “The two partners are already looking at the next generation of batteries that will be used in a variety of models in the next few years. Our stated goal is to shorten the development cycle and significantly increase the battery life and reduce charging time by increasing energy density. “
CatL is currently building a plant in Thuringia, Germany, that will be able to supply Mercedes-Benz with more direct products. It will also help reduce CO2 emissions from the delivery of batteries from factories to electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz EQS is expected to launch next year as the flagship of the company’s electric product line. Unfortunately, prices and specifications have not yet been published.