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The Vision EQXX prototype is a champion of efficiency, according to Mercedes it has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres on a single battery charge. This is thanks in part to the exterior design and aerodynamics, which achieve a benchmark drag coefficient of 0.17.
The aerodynamics were also designed to cool the electric systems, the airflow under the car passes under a cooling plate that takes away most of the surplus heat, thus reducing the need for heavy, bulky fans.
To get more range Mercedes didn’t want to just make the batteries bigger and heavier, instead they have significantly improved the energy density which means the new batteries can now store 100 kWh, whilst taking up 50% less space and weighing 30% less than batteries with comparable capacity.
Another feature which gives the Vision EQXX longer range is the addition of 117 solar cells that have been intigrated into the roof. This helps supply power to many auxiliary units in the VISION EQXX which reduces the energy demands of the high-volt system and ultimately leads to more range.
On a single day with ideal conditions, this alone can increase the vehicle’s range by around 25 kilometres.
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As for the interior, Mercedes has used a mix of sustainable materials such as mushrooms, bamboo, cactus and vegan silk. This is to show it is possible to achieve the utmost in automotive luxury without using animal products, whilst creating an inimitable feeling of premium comfort.
Mercedes says the Vision EQXX will take to the public roads later on in 2022 to further develop its all-new powertrain, battery, body, suspension and brakes. After that we could be seeing some of these designs in vehicles as early as 2024.
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Mercedes Leading The Front On EVs
Mercedes-Benz is one of the leading luxury automakers in the world, and the company is making significant investments in electric vehicle (EV) technology. Here are some key points about Mercedes and EVs:
- Mercedes currently offers several electric and hybrid models, including the EQC electric SUV, the S-Class and E-Class plug-in hybrids, and the Smart EQ city car.
- Mercedes has announced plans to launch several new electric models in the coming years, including the EQS electric sedan, the EQA compact SUV, and the EQB mid-size SUV.
- The EQS will be Mercedes’ flagship electric model, and it is expected to feature a range of up to 478 miles on a single charge. The EQA and EQB will be more affordable options, aimed at a wider range of customers.
- Mercedes is also investing in battery technology and charging infrastructure. The company is working on new solid-state batteries that promise faster charging times and longer ranges, and it has partnered with charging companies to create a network of fast charging stations across Europe.
- Mercedes is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and has set a target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2039. The company plans to achieve this by investing in electric and hybrid technology, as well as renewable energy sources.
Overall, Mercedes is taking a proactive approach to the transition to electric vehicles, with a focus on developing new models, technologies, and infrastructure to meet the changing needs of its customers and the automotive industry as a whole. Many luxury brands are committing to the green movement to be more environmentally friendly and use electric motors in stead of traditional combustion engines.
Many car manufacturers look to the larger luxury brands to see what direction the industry is taking and there seems to be no shortage of green incentives. With the Mercedes Vision EQXX it’s clear that Mercedes has serious commitment to the cause.