According to foreign media reports,Mercedes Benz has promised that its upcoming EQS all electric luxury sedan will use a new battery supplier agreement to beat Tesla's range.It is reported that Mercedes will cooperate with catl on the new lithium ion module technology, and will also bring mass production of batteries closer to the headquarters of Mercedes Benz.
Interestingly, Tesla is no stranger to catl. In fact, the U.S. electric vehicle company is expected to be the first to use what catl calls "million mile batteries," which have a much longer life than current lithium-ion batteries.
But Mercedes will offer the most range - at least for now. Currently, Tesla Model s has a wltp range of 610 km in Europe, while Mercedes Benz says the upcoming EQS will target more than 700 km.
EQS made its debut in September 2019, when it was also known as the vision EQS concept car, an attempt by Mercedes to move into the field of environmentally friendly luxury cars. Although the two tone paint used in the concept car seems unlikely to be in production, its overall aerodynamic shape and recyclable materials may be in production. At that time, data released by EQS showed that it accelerated 100 kilometers after 4.5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 124mph. However, there were also rumors that the Mercedes AMG EQS version would have more horsepower.
Of course, battery technology is not just about getting power: it's also about how quickly users can pump power into lithium-ion batteries. Mercedes and catl say their goal is to charge the EQS at twice the speed of their current electric vehicles.
"The two partners have begun to work on the next generation of batteries that will be used in a variety of models over the next few years," Mercedes said today. Our clear goal is to shorten the development cycle, significantly increase the range of future batteries and reduce charging time by increasing energy density. "
At the moment, catl is building a plant in Thuringen, Germany, which will be able to supply Mercedes Benz more directly. In addition, it will help reduce the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the transportation of batteries from the factory to the place where the electric vehicles are made.
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 been announced.