Special "Battery Life Cycle": the life of a powerpack

We always carry them with us in our smartphones – and, in the next ten years, lithium-ion batteries will become a lot more prevalent on the road, too. A good enough reason to take a closer look at these compact powerpacks.

Electric vehicles have one major advantage over their combustion-engine counterparts: they already allow locally emission-free driving today. Battery-electric cars, buses and commercial vehicles thus reduce CO₂ emissions in road traffic and increase air quality in our cities. But is that all?

How sustainable they really are depends primarily on their heart – the battery. So it's even more important to make the battery's life cycle as efficient and resource-friendly as possible.

The special "Battery Life Cycle" traces a battery's journey from the raw material supply chain through to recycling. In addition to environmental aspects, there are insights into battery research, international production planning, battery assembly, the everyday practicality of electric vehicles, and the development of an extensive charging infrastructure. Last but not least, there is the question of what happens to batteries when they no longer charge fully after a few years of use.

Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing interviews, reports, and name contributions here, that show how experts at Daimler locations are paving the way for electromobility - and how external specialists and partners are contributing to it.

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