Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept is finally here as the brand’s expression of the pinnacle of automotive efficiency. A concept EV that can travel 621 miles (1000 km) on a single charge. or about 100 miles more than the current range king, the 520-mile Lucid Air Dream Edition Range.
The battery pack itself has about the same capacity as the one used in the EQS, but it arrives at the number while taking up 50% less volume and 30% less weight. That helps keep the overall vehicle weight down to an impressively low 3858 lbs (1750 kg), as do other tricks like magnesium wheels, aluminium alloy brake discs, carbon and glass-reinforced plastic doors, and the slim roof panel whose 117 solar cells contribute 15.5 miles (25 km) to the electric driving range.
In the case of aero, we’re talking a coefficient of drag of about 0.17. And a single drive unit combining an electric motor, transmission and power electronics featuring a new generation of silicon carbides, helps transfer 95% of energy stored in the battery to the wheels. The Vision EQXX will get some help from the 117 solar cells installed in the vehicle’s roof. Developed in collaboration with Europe’s largest solar energy research institute, the solar roof is used to power ancillaries like the lights, infotainment system, and other cabin features. This takes some load off the main battery. According to Mercedes, the solar cells can add up to 25 km of range on long-distance journeys under ideal conditions in a single day.
The interior, it features current Mercedes design themes, but with a futuristic flair. Highlights include the wide screen spanning the dash, as well as the sustainable materials used throughout. One of these is a leather-like material made from mycelium, which is the underground structure of mushrooms and other fungi.
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