Mercedes Benz EQXX Concept Car-1000 km in only one charge!
With the unveiling of the Vision EQXX, a solar-powered concept car capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometers (648 miles) on a single charge.
Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to compete for the title of the longest-range electric vehicle.
Here are the three major highlights of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept Car:
- The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX, unveiled today as part of the annual CES technology show and billed as “the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever,” is all about range.
- The production-viable, albeit not production-intended, electric sedan produces only 201 horsepower but claims to travel 620 miles on a single charge. Of course, in theory.
- The single-motor, most likely rear-wheel-drive EQXX has eco-friendly features like vegan leather, solar panels, recycled-plastic trim, and a drag coefficient of 0.17, which is extremely low.
That’s enough to power the Vision EQXX from New York to Cincinnati, Berlin to Paris, or Beijing to Nanjing on a single charge.
And it’s impressive when compared to other long-range EVs on the market today, such as the Lucid Air (520 miles) and Tesla Model S Long Range Plus (402 miles).
However, unlike those vehicles, the Vision EQXX is only a concept with no plans for mass production. (For the time being.)
While most automakers revealing futuristic EV concepts prioritize performance over range, Mercedes flips the script with the Vision EQXX.
The compact four-door was unveiled at the CES technology show in Las Vegas, though the automaker was only present virtually due to COVID concerns.
After weeks of teasing, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the vehicle (virtually) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
(Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Mercedes, like most significant companies, cancelled its plans to attend CES in person.)
The exterior bodywork is made of low-CO2 steel made from scrap, and the doors are made of carbon fibre and glass-reinforced plastics.
Much of the EQXX’s sleek form is dictated by the long, shallow angle of the falling roofline and the retro droop of the rear fenders, as well as the way the bodywork tucks in beneath the full-width lighting element at the back above an active, deployable diffuser that motors out at speed.
The trunk lid outline confirms Mercedes’ future vision of a sedan rather than a hatchback or SUV, pleasingly traditional.
The 117 solar cells installed on the vehicle’s roof will assist the Vision EQXX.
The solar roof, developed in collaboration with Europe’s largest solar energy research institute, is intended to offset the energy drain on the high-voltage system while also increasing its range.
According to Mercedes, solar cells can add up to 25 km of range on long-distance journeys in a single day under ideal conditions.
Inside, nearly all of the sustainability boxes have been checked.
For example, vegan leather has two types: one made from mushroom root structure and the other from cactus fibres in a “bio-based polyurethane matrix.”
Bamboo carpets are available, as is trim made of recycled plastics woven into a shimmering fabric.
The Vision EQXX’s interior includes a massive 47.5-inch screen that spans the vehicle’s entire width, a nod to the company’s new Hyperscreen infotainment display.
However, the Vision EQXX’s screen is a one-piece display with 8K resolution and cutting-edge graphics, as opposed to the Hyperscreen, which is an amalgamation of three separate screens set inside one solid, 56-inch piece of glass.
The cabin of the EQXX is dominated by what appears to be the inevitable conclusion of modern UI design, an LED screen that spans the entire width of the dashboard, unbroken by vertical seams.
This is 47.5 inches wide and has an 8K resolution with a 7680-by-660-pixel display that will require a lot of graphical power to run.
However, it certainly appears crisp in the photos. The official press release also emphasizes that “The ethereal guide is a star-cloud avatar reminiscent of our namesake, Mercedes Jellinek. She transforms the journey into a luxury experience by shape-shifting in response to the driver’s needs and caring for the passengers.” However, we have no idea what that means.
Mercedes says it collaborates with NAVIS Automotive Systems to create “the first real-time 3D navigation system” on a screen this size.
According to the company, this novel navigation system will enable “seamless zoom and scroll functions from satellite view down to 10 meters in the 3D city representation.”
Battery, Power & Range
The claimed power output is 201 horsepower, but the company claims that the car is designed to provide more than 620 miles (1000 km) of real-world driving on a single charge.
But that big claim has the squishiness of a concept car, as it isn’t comparable to the range figure of any other EV.
The pack was created in collaboration with AMG’s High-Performance Powertrains division in the United Kingdom, which produces Mercedes F1 engines and the almost equally exotic powerplant for the long-delayed (but soon-to-be-released) AMG One.
This operates at 900 volts and employs what are described as high silicon anodes capable of holding more energy than lesser cells, with a compact design allowing electronic control gear to be housed in the same housing.
The total weight of the battery, 1091 pounds, is impressively light given its capacity, with the car’s claimed overall mass of 3858 pounds, only slightly higher than that of a standard-range Tesla Model 3.
Surprisingly, there is no official word on the powertrain other than confirmation that the EQXX uses a single motor with a rear-wheel drive.
According to Mercedes, the concept has an underfloor cooling plate for aerodynamic efficiency, active air flaps to channel cooling air, and a heat pump to help heat the cabin.
It also has solar panels, though their claimed ability to add up to 15 miles of range on a sunny day is achieved by using the energy generated to power the car’s blower fan, lights, infotainment, and other ancillaries rather than directly charging the high-voltage battery.