The German manufacturer Mercedes has just unveiled an ambitious electric concept car with record range obtained from technologies intended to equip future production models.
In the race for autonomy that the manufacturers of , an electric concept car with fluid lines which announces a range of more than 1,000 km, the symbolic threshold supposed to remove any anxiety among electric car drivers., Mercedes-Benz shows the muscles. On the occasion of the Consumer Electronics Show, the German brand unveiled the
Rather than being satisfied with installing a high capacity battery capable of ensuring the 1000 km of autonomy by using experimental technologies, Mercedes explains having imposed on its engineers to find solutions potentially applicable to production models. Result, theis equipped with a 100 kWh battery advertised as being 50% smaller and 30% lighter (495 ) than that of the EQS electric sedan while having an equivalent energy density of approximately 400 Wh / L. Mercedes announces that its electric concept car has a fuel consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers. The battery is compatible with the 900 V recharge. is covered with which allow up to 25 km of autonomy.
A rolling laboratory
To achieve this exceptional weight-performance compromise, the teams of the Vision EQXX program worked in close collaboration with the engineers of the Formula 1 teams andfrom Mercedes. With a modest 150 kW (204 hp) engine, the four is not a supercar, but that is not its vocation. Mercedes explains having privileged efficiency, with an important work on the aerodynamics of the body which displays a Cx of 0.17. By way of comparison, the , which is the most aerodynamic production car on the market to date, has a drag coefficient of 0.20.
Aesthetically, the Vision EQXX is reminiscent of the Volkswagen XL1 and the, with its elongated bow and rear light strip in the shape of a boomerang. It is fitted with rims in 20 inch Bridgestone Turanza Eco tires. The interior takes up the very futuristic atmosphere of the brand’s latest electric concept cars at the , with an impressive 47.5-inch 8K mini-Led screen (7680×660 pixels) that spans the entire width of the dashboard and offers 3D assisted navigation. In its press release, Mercedes mentions the presence of on-board “neuromorphic computing” which relies on artificial neural networks supposed to process information while consuming much less energy, in particular for voice recognition.
Bamboo, mushrooms and cacti
The manufacturer has also paid particular attention to the use of eco-responsible materials. The seats are covered with a vegan and bio-based leather made from the mycelium, the door handles are made of a silk-like fabric, very resistant and also certified vegan. The floor mats are made of bamboo, the upholstery in fabric produced from cactus fibers and some upholstery are fromrecycled.
According to Mercedes, the Vision EQXX could make a Paris-Berlin trip in one go without recharging. Based on the average distances traveled per year by motorists in Europe, the manufacturer estimates that a single monthly charge would be sufficient. It remains to be seen when these technological advances will arrive in whole or in part in future production models from Mercedes, which has planned to switch all its ranges to electric from 2030.