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Mercedes-Benz rolls-out solid-state lithium-ion powered electric bus

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

Parts of the industry were not expecting to see solid-state lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicle for at least five years— however, Mercedes-Benz is delivering e-busses fitted with the technology.

Mercedes-Benz’s electric-bus eCitaro G will be powered with cobalt and nickel-free technology from French battery manufacturer Blue Solutions.

Blue Solutions claims the batteries have a lifespan of 4,000 cycles, withstand free floating (100% charge) without damaging the battery and an operating range of -20-60oC.

The new eCitaro G is the first series production city bus in its category anywhere in the world to be equipped with solid-state batteries. 

The solid-state battery in the eCitaro has a basic guarantee for up to 10 years or up to 280MWh energy throughput per battery pack.