Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept revealed
As the brand’s expression of the pinnacle of vehicle efficiency, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept is finally here.
With its amazing efficiency, the EQXX can travel over 1,000 km on a single charge. This would be plenty to go from Berlin, Germany, to Paris, France, without the need to charge the saloon. Mercedes estimates that the vehicle will only need to be recharged twice a month by the average motorist.
Mercedes hasn’t revealed the battery capacity of the EQXX, it’s just saying that it is fewer than 100 kilowatt-hours. However, the company boasts a few noteworthy features regarding the pack. It is 50 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the one in the EQS. The maximum voltage in the system is 900 volts. Around 495 kilos is the weight of the battery and the structure that holds it.
A 201bhp electric motor provides the necessary power (150 kilowatts). According to Mercedes, the powertrain is so efficient that 95 percent of the energy is sent to the wheels.
The vehicle uses a solar panel with 117 cells on the roof to power several of the ancillary electric components, such as the HVAC system’s blower, lighting, and infotainment system. The energy is stored in a separate lithium-iron-phosphate battery. This technology can free about 25 kilometres of range in perfect conditions.
When looking at images of the EQXX, it’s hard to tell, but the vehicle is fairly tiny. The saloon has a wheelbase of 280 centimetres and a length of 463 centimetres. The current C-Class, for example, is 475 centimetres long and has a wheelbase of 286.51 centimetres.
By EV standards, the EQXX is also quite light. It has a weight of 1,750 kg, just a smidgeon more than a Mercedes-Benz C300 Saloon from 2022.
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The EQXX features an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.18, making it ideal for cutting through the air. From the roof to the tail, the body is smooth and has a teardrop shape. The frontal area is actually smaller than even Smart models.
Mercedes uses a lot of technology to make the saloon so slick. Air curtains on the front bumper and wheel covers, for example, eliminate aerodynamic separation at that corner.
In the front grille, there are also active cooling shutters that only open when necessary. At high speeds, a rear diffuser deploys, but when not in use, it disappears into the body.
Cooperation with Bridgestone produced the ultra-low-rolling-resistance tyres. They have sidewalls that are aerodynamically optimised and work with wheel coverings.
A seamless display spans 120.6 centimetres (47.5 inches) from A-pillar to A-pillar on the inside. It boasts an 8K resolution and a navigation system with 3D graphics that can show a city from a satellite perspective down to a height of 10 metres (33 feet).
Mercedes has not stated when the EQXX concept would be transformed into a production-ready vehicle.