This week, we witnessed the unveiling of the all-new Mercedes Vision car, a fully electric concept car which is stated to achieve over 1000KM (620 Miles) on a single charge.
Although it has only just appeared on our screens, the all-new Mercedes EQXX has already become the talk of the automotive industry.
The engineers at Mercedes have been working effortlessly to develop a drivetrain that improves energy capacity, further to, improving aerodynamics to maximise range efficiency.
Adding that the range is “completely realistic” and is the direct result being an “efficiency masterpiece”.
Mercedes claim that the massive range comes from rethinking fundamentals which allows you to go further for less.
The battery pack was co-developed with the Mercedes-AMG F1 engineers.
Although 50% smaller than that of the Mercedes EQS, The battery pack in the Vision EQXX is a staggering 30% lighter.
Proving that less can mean more!
Producing 204hp, the all-new Mercedes Vision EQXX will draw its power from a single charge and has an estimated range of 1000Km or 620 miles, making it the highest range electric car!
The main talking point thus far, is the unique exterior styling. Mercedes claims the emphasis placed on exterior design will be a key focal point for the evolution of electric vehicles, as they aim to phase out sales of combustion engine vehicles within the U.K by 2030.
Furthermore, it has a drag coefficient of just 0.17, making it the most aerodynamic Mercedes to date. The nearest competitor, would be a Tesla Model S that has a drag coefficient of 0.24.
How much power do solar cells produce?
The new Mercedes Vision EQXX benefits from 117 solar cells which are designed to offset energy usage. These cells were co-developed by Europe’s leading solar energy research company, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.
It is estimated that solar cells can add up to 25km range over a long-distance journey.
To put the outstanding range of the new Mercedes EQXX into perspective, it is the equivalent of driving from Paris to Berlin on just one single charge.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the interior is made using vegan friendly materials.
The seats are made using crushed cactus fibres and mushrooms, which creates an emulation of leather.
Whilst Mercedes have made some bold assertions regarding the product innovation and vehicle range, the range is always an estimate and is subject to several conditions such as; temperature, tyre pressure and road surfaces.
Furthermore, a certified range won’t be released until Europe’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) conduct an independent test.
It’s also highly unlikely that the Vision EQXX will enter production in its current form, rather, it will be used as an example used to showcase the direction the brand aspires to go.
Despite this, the Vision EQXX draws emphasis to aerodynamic efficiency and the sustainability of the materials used during production. It will act as a benchmark for Mercedes and their competitors to follow as the automotive industry shifts from combustion engines to electric power.
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