Mercedes-Benz is considering using lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries produced by BYD for the production version of its Mercedes CLA electric car, which is set to be launched in 2024. The vehicle is a compact car based on the new Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA) platform, which can integrate both electric and combustion engines.
The Mercedes CLA was presented as a concept car at the IAA Mobility show in Munich and generated significant interest due to its performance and efficiency. Mercedes-Benz claims that the electric CLA will have an energy consumption of only 12 kWh per 100 kilometers and a WLTP range of over 750 kilometers. Additionally, thanks to its 800-volt architecture, it can charge quickly with DC charging.
BYD’s LFP batteries are known for their safety, durability, and low cost. BYD uses them in its electric models and supplies them to other manufacturers like Tesla, Toyota, and Kia. BYD’s LFP batteries have a unique blade-like shape that optimizes space within the battery pack and increases energy density.
Mercedes-Benz may choose BYD’s LFP batteries for its electric Mercedes CLA, while it could use silicon-based anode batteries for the more powerful version to offer higher capacity. Mercedes-Benz has not yet disclosed the supplier of these batteries or whether it will use BYD’s LFP batteries for the international version of the electric CLA or only for the Chinese market.