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Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery


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a quantum scientist walks across the IBM Q computation center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

The research and development division of Mercedes-Benz is exploring how quantum computers could be used to discover new materials for advanced batteries.

Credit: Connie Zhou/IBM

The research and development division of Mercedes-Benz is exploring how quantum computers could be used to discover new materials for advanced batteries in electric cars within the next 10 years.

Said Mercedes-Benz's Benjamin Boeser, "We could simulate the actual behavior of a battery with a quantum computer, which is currently not possible with existing computer power."

The automaker is working with IBM’s quantum computing division to develop ways to utilize applications based on quantum computing, and hopes to deploy next-generation computing power in certain use cases.

Through the IBM Q Network program, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler will access IBM's early-stage quantum computing systems via the cloud.

Boeser said a quantum computer could help the automaker identify new materials or combinations of materials that could yield improved electrochemical performance and longer life cycles.

Some of those advances could include safer, more energy-efficient organic batteries.

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