Mercedes’ super-efficient EV concept has a stated range of over 1,000 kilometres and is powered by a 100kwh battery.
With a “real-world range of more than 1,000 kilometres,” the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept is expected to create new energy efficiency standards, which is 230 kilometres longer than the EQS flagship EV.
- The Vision EQXX Concept is about the same size as a C-Class.
- It is powered by a single 204hp electric motor positioned at the rear.
- The cabin has a 47.5-inch digital monitor and is made of environmentally friendly materials.
What is the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept?
The svelte little automobile is the most recent in a long line of Mercedes-Benz design studies made public. It was established to put existing electric vehicle concepts to the test as part of a programme intended at generating new ideas, approaches, and technologies for future electric vehicles.
According to Mercedes chief technology officer Markus Schäfer, the concept is a running and driving prototype that includes a version of the existing MBUX infotainment system. It makes use of a prototype of Mercedes-next-generation Benz’s EV drivetrain, which is set to go into production in 2024 and has revolutionary battery technology.
According to lead designer Gordon Wagener, the EQXX is “at least one segment smaller” than the EQE, hinting that it may be built as an electric version of the C-Class in the future.
The EQXX is said to achieve a new record for aerodynamic efficiency, with a drag coefficient of less than 0.18Cd and seating for four adults. It also complies with all existing German roadworthiness regulations. This is in contrast to the 0.20Cd found in the EQS.
Exterior design of Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept
The EQXX features a more sports car-like design up front, with a low leading edge, a short bonnet, shapely fenders, and broad wheelhouses. A star emblem integrated into the front bumper has replaced the Mercedes grille, and the digital LED headlights have been joined by a full-width LED light bar.
To save weight and ensure ideal aerodynamic performance, Mercedes’ star symbol is stencilled onto the bonnet. A ‘air management system’ channels air through the front portion of the new concept car using a set of air curtains and air breathers.
The EQXX now sports ‘ninth-generation’ outside mirrors as well as newly manufactured, aero-optimized wheels.
The EQXX’s A-pillars are well forward, and its wheelbase stretches to 2,800mm, maximising cabin space, thanks to the absence of drivetrain components in the nose portion.
Mercedes tested active aerodynamic advances on the Concept IAA in 2015, and they are carried over to the EQXX at the rear. There’s also a diffuser device, which expands as airflow increases, smoothing the flow and reducing turbulence.
The EQXX is also tapered, with the rear track being 50mm narrower than the front.
Interiors of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept
On the inside, the massive 47.5-inch continuous display that spans the dashboard attracts the attention. The display itself has an 8K resolution and functions as both the instrument cluster and the entertainment system in front of the driver.
Mercedes has also gone to great efforts to ensure that all of the materials used in the cabin are environmentally friendly. A fabric manufactured from bio-steel silk-like fibre, vegan leather made from mushrooms or cactus fibres, and bamboo-fiber carpets are among these materials.
The powertrain and batteries in the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept
Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, based in the United Kingdom, is said to have contributed significantly to the development of the EQXX. Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains creates Mercedes’ Formula 1 vehicles’ advanced V6 turbo-hybrid powertrains.
The rear-wheel-drive sedan’s high efficiency rating, which is nearly double that of the Mercedes-Benz EQS on the WLTP test method at more than 9.97km per kWh, is key to the rear-wheel-drive sedan’s impressive range.
It was made possible by a bespoke lithium-ion battery and a newly developed motor, which, at little under 100kWh, has a lower overall energy capacity than the EQS, which has a range of 770 kilometres.
The new battery for the 1750kg EQXX, which is said to be “50 percent the size” of the EQS’s 107.8kWh pack and weighs around 495kg, is also claimed to be “50 percent the size” of the EQS’s 107.8kWh pack. According to Mercedes, the new high-silicon-content battery operates at more over 900V.
Up to 95 percent of the energy stored in the EQXX’s battery is said to be delivered to the wheels, according to Mercedes. The efficiency of ICE vehicles, on the other hand, is normally around 30%.
The 117 solar cells on the roof of the Vision EQXX concept automobile fuel the car’s ancillary systems. In excellent weather, the solar panel alone may provide 25 kilometres of range over the course of a day.
The EQXX’s new compact motor, which produces 204 horsepower and is housed in a lightweight carbonfibre chassis in the back, is connected to a single-speed transmission.