Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Mercedes is looking for a powerful Chinese ally that can improve its electric car technology

Mercedes wants to establish itself as a leading brand in the electric market. The star company has many advantages over its biggest rivals. Its range has grown rapidly, although sales do not seem to be meeting expectations. However, in Germany they are already working towards the future. The electrification strategy will accelerate rapidly in the coming years thanks to the arrival of new technologies such as MMA platform or new battery chemistries. Despite this, the one from Stuttgart is also looking abroad. A report revealed in China suggests that Mercedes is very interested in using BYD’s Blade-type batteries.

All over the world we see more and more electric cars every day. The paradigm shift has opened up a new portal of technologies and resources that brands are trying to exploit for their own interests. China has established itself as the undisputed leader in the production of batteries for electric vehicles. Within its borders we can find famous brands such as CATL and BYD. The latter was able to position itself not only as one of the largest producers of batteries, but also as the leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles worldwide.

BYD’s Blade batteries are cheaper to manufacture and their qualities have improved significantly.

We can see BYD technology in many areas of the industry. His specialty is LFP batteries (Lithium Ferrophosphate). It is an alternative to the more common lithium-ion battery. In recent years its qualities have improved. Improvements in terms of autonomy and performance, which always have the positive effect of being cheaper to manufacture. BYD has signed its own packaging system under the brand name Blade. A format that we see today in many cars on the market. Tesla has been using these batteries for years with great success.

So other manufacturers are open to include them in their next release. Rumors emerging in China, collected by CarNewsChina, claim that Mercedes has already established contacts with BYD in use your LFP batteries. This is not the first time that the two companies have worked closely together. In the past, the Germans and Chinese created a local car brand called Denza. Various problems meant that BYD took full control of the company after buying Mercedes’ shares. Despite this, the understanding between the two brands could open a new path in terms of battery technology for the range of the German manufacturer.

The reports did not reveal much information about this possible deal, leaving a lot of doubt in the air. Mercedes has long announced that it wants to make its own components, including batteries. This new strategy will represent an important change in mentality, although we do not yet know if it will have a local or global character. In recent times we have seen similar movements among European manufacturers. A few weeks ago, Volkswagen announced its entry into the XPeng shareholding with the aim of exploiting Chinese technology in its electric cars.

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