Wolfspeed (NYSE: WOLF) has announced that it will supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz EV platforms. Wolfspeed’s semiconductors will be incorporated into next-generation powertrain systems for several Mercedes vehicle lines.
Wolfspeed says its SiC devices enable greater efficiency in the powertrain, delivering improved vehicle range and power, and will enable performance-oriented automaker Mercedes-Benz to offer some of the most efficient EVs on the road.
Wolfspeed will produce the SiC power devices for Mercedes at its facilities in Durham, North Carolina and its new 200 mm Mohawk Valley Fab in Marcy, New York, which Wolfspeed calls the world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. Wolfspeed also recently began construction on a new SiC materials facility in North Carolina, which will expand its silicon carbide capacity tenfold.
“We are continuing to invest in our manufacturing capacity to support a steepening demand curve for silicon carbide devices that will not only improve EV performance and drive greater consumer adoption, but also support the sustainability efforts of global automotive leaders like Mercedes-Benz,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Wolfspeed.
“Coming from a long-term technical collaboration history between our companies, we have now chosen Wolfspeed as one of our key partners for future silicon carbide devices, thus securing preferred long-term supply, technology and quality of this decisive semiconductor component for our electrification offensive,” said Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Head of Procurement and Supplier Quality for Mercedes-Benz.