Until now, the massive G-Class from Mercedes has been regarded as the epitome of environmentally harmful SUVs. That is soon to come to an end. After all, the Stuttgart-based automaker will soon be launching an electric version of the popular, high-priced SUV. Not only the futuristic design, which could be taken from a science fiction movie, is likely to be exciting. Mercedes also wants to set new trends in battery technology. Batteries from Sila Nanotech are to be used. So far, we only know these from very small-format wearables.
From fitness wristband to E-SUV?
If you take a close look at the planned battery packs of the upcoming G-Class with electric drive, question marks may well appear in your mind. After all, batteries are to be installed here that are actually only known from fitness trackers. In particular, Mercedes wants to rely on Sila Nanotech for the battery technology. Why? According to the Stuttgart-based carmaker, these are to have a higher storage volume, one-fifth larger than that of current batteries. This can be attributed to the use of silicon in the battery. However, it will be some time before the G-Class is launched with revised battery technology. Mercedes itself has set the release date for the middle of the decade. Sila Nanotech, meanwhile, will have been surprised by Mercedes’ interest. After all, the company has thus landed itself the first car manufacturer.
A revolution for large batteries too?
This example makes it clear that suitable battery technology can be used for both small and large battery-powered devices. The major advantage over other advancements in the field of rechargeable batteries is that there is no need to remodel the manufacturing process and the general design of the battery. The battery cells are produced in the classic way. Only the replacement of graphite by silicon takes place here. We are curious to see whether other manufacturers will jump on this bandwagon. After all, it seems very attractive in terms of its effectiveness and practicability. It is questionable, however, whether Sila Nanotech will have enough raw materials on hand as the number of interested parties grows.