Mercedes-Benz offers 620 miles of range for its latest EV concept
Mercedes-Benz at unveiled an electric vehicle concept which, according to him, would be able to travel more than 620 miles before needing to be recharged. If it were to come to fruition and keep this promise, the Vision EQXX would exceed the range of Lucid Air Dream Edition over 100 miles and the Tesla Model S Long Reach Plus of about 220 miles.
âThe Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is how we envision the future of electric cars,â said Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola KÃ¤llenius.
Based on the automaker’s simulations, the Vision EQXX would use less than 10 kWh to travel 62 miles on public roads, delivering efficiency of over 6 miles per kWh. Converted to fossil fuel mileage, Mercedes says it’s around the “golden number” of 1 liter of gasoline per 62 miles.
The battery is half the size and 30 percent lighter than that of the EQS. However, it still has a capacity of almost 100 kWh. Plus, there are ultra-thin solar panels on the roof that can add up to 25 km (15.5 miles) of range.
The Vision EQXX is a lightweight (1750 kg or 3858 lb) car that has been aerodynamically optimized. The automaker claims that with a drag coefficient of 0.17 cd, the EV is more aerodynamic than a soccer ball (which has a cd of 0.18 to 0.2). In addition, Mercedes claims that 95% of the energy in the battery is directed to the wheels.
Teams from Mercedes’ research and development centers worked with its Formula 1 and Formula E engineers on the concept. They tapped into digital tools to reduce waste and weight by removing excess material – the wheels are magnesium and the brake discs are aluminum alloy. The Vision EQXX also uses recycled and plant-based materials.
As for the interior, the Vision EQXX’s infotainment system has a single 47.5-inch 8K mini-LED screen. As the Hyper screen in the EQS it spans almost the entire width of the cabin, although it is a one-piece screen. The automaker worked with NAVIS Automotive Systems on a navigation system with zoom and scroll functions that include a satellite view. the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant is also integrated into the infotainment system.
Even though Mercedes isn’t bringing the Vision EQXX to salons, developing the stylish concept has proven to be a valuable effort. It already integrates many features and developments of the EV in production. Some are used in the next generation of Mercedes-Benz modular architecture for compact and medium cars.
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