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Evonik & Daimler: Strategic alliance for Li-ion batteries

By Gerald Ondrey |

Evonik Industries AG (Essen; www.evonik.com)  and Daimler AG (Stuttgart, both Germany; www.daimler.com) are developing the energy storage of the future. Based on lithium-ion technology from Evonik and with Daimler expertise, both groups will drive forward the research, development and production of battery cells and battery systems in Germany. In the near future, Li-Tec cells will appear in electric vehicles of Mercedes-Benz Cars. This will represent an important milestone in the series production of electric vehicles. En route to achieving its technological leadership in recent years, Evonik has invested around 80-million Euros. The outcome is production-ready hi-tech battery cells that are superior to competitor products in several key areas. “Evonik is the only company that can actually bring about commercial series production of battery cells of this kind,” says Werner Müller, CEO of Evonik Industries. “We will also continue our ongoing investment in relevant future technologies. In the last 30 years, Daimler engineers have registered over 600 patents associated with battery-powered vehicles – over 230 of which were in the field of lithium-ion technology,” comments Dieter Zetsche, chairman…
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