Hydro-Québec Teams Up With Mercedes-Benz For Solid-State Battery Development

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  • Mercedes-Benz will use the batteries in its electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Solid-state batteries are supposed to be the next important technology in e-mobility

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Canadian battery material specialist Hydro-Québec to develop solid-state batteries. Mercedes-Benz will use the batteries in its electric vehicles (EVs). The joint research activities will be carried out at Hydro-Québec’s center of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage in Canada and SCE France laboratory, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary.

Karim Zaghib, general manager of Hydro-Québec’s center of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz, an automotive company with an enviable reputation, to pursue our research even further. Our association will allow us to test new materials quickly in field conditions, and so accelerate the development cycle and respond to the concerns of automobile manufacturers.”

Research on advanced battery materials

Hydro-Québec’ said that its Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage has been leading research on advanced battery materials and new battery technologies. It includes solid-state batteries as well.

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Jochen Hermann, vice president development eDrive, Mercedes-Benz AG, said, “The battery is a key component of our electric vehicles. Mastering their chemistry is, therefore, a focal topic for Mercedes-Benz research and development. Solid-state batteries are supposed to be the next important technology leap for e-mobility, meaning an alternative to today’s li-ion battery systems. The latest advancements Hydro-Québec researchers have made are very promising and we are looking forward to the first results of our joint development program.”

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