New generations of Mercedes EQA/EQB will switch to cheap batteries

New generations of Mercedes EQA/EQB will switch to cheap batteries

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German Mercedes-Benz has set out to transfer its budget electric vehicles from the EQA and EQB families to cheaper lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries.

As noted by Bloomberg, although these batteries have a lower density than lithium-ion models, they are very cheap and have excellent reliability. According to the head of the brand Ola Kallenius, there are people among Mercedes buyers who prefer not to travel outside the city limits in their cars, which makes it senseless to have a large and expensive battery.

LFP does not contain nickel or cobalt. These metals have become extremely expensive over the past 12 months. For example, the price of nickel has increased by 29 percent, now its cost reaches $ 19,500 per ton. Thus, using lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, although you will sacrifice the power reserve, you will be able to save quite a lot when buying an electric car. BYD, Tesla and Renault are already using LFP in their models.

Note that today the strategic partner of Mercedes in the battery business is the Chinese company CATL. Now the Chinese are building a battery plant near the city of Erfurt. In addition, cooperation continues in this area with the international corporation Stellantis, which has its own interests in the joint construction of three plants with a total capacity of 120 GW * h per year.

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