Mercedes reimagines the future of EVs
Range and efficiency are set to define the electric car era. Why? An outstanding range will make electric cars suitable for every type of journey and hasten adoption while exceptional efficiency will create a cycle of reduction in battery size and weight, allowing us to go further with less.
Mercedes-Benz is determined to lead the way as it heads the chart of real-world range with the EQS with 245kW, as evidenced by the recent Edmunds test where an EQS 450+ travelled 689km on one charge, or 124km further than any other car previously tested.
Driven by the idea of zero impact on the planet and responsible use of green energy, the VISION EQXX is the result of a mission to break through technological barriers across the board and to lift energy efficiency to new heights. It demonstrates gains that are possible through rethinking the fundamentals from the ground up. This includes advances across all elements of its cutting-edge electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials.
Complete with a barrage of innovative and intelligent efficiency measures, including advanced software, the VISION EQXX is exploring new frontiers of efficiency.
"The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project and it led to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built -- with energy consumption of less than 10kWh per 100km. It has a range of more than 1,000km on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions -- and it even looks stunning and futuristic. It underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world's most desirable electric cars," said Ola Källenius, chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler and Mercedes-Benz.
Designed for road trips to electromobility, it meets the demands of the modern generation of customers. Part of a far-reaching technology programme, this software-defined research prototype was engineered by women and men with creativity, ingenuity and determination to deliver one of the planet's most efficient cars in every respect. They did so using the latest digital technology, the agility of a start-up, and the speed of Formula 1.
The result is an efficient masterpiece that based on internal digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions will be capable of exceeding 1,000km on a single charge with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10kWh per 100km.
"The technology programme behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features," said Markus Schäfer, chief technology officer.
"VISION EQXX has seen the best minds from our R&D centres work together with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programmes. They are proving innovations from motorsport -- where powertrains are already highly electrified -- have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and out-of-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward."
Sustainable materials throughout cut the carbon footprint considerably. Its UI/UX features a radical new one-piece display that comes to life with responsive real-time graphics and spans the entire width of the vehicle.
Other elements of the UI/UX help the car and driver work together as one and even use technology that mimics the workings of the human brain. The software-led development process that delivered it will revolutionise the way electric cars are designed.