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Published on: Jan. 5, 2022, 8:46 p.m.
Mercedes unveils stunning EV model
  • Solar powered and boasts a 1,207 kilometres range

By Business India Editorial

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed a highly anticipated concept of its Vision EQXX, an electric car that’s capable of going more than 1,200 kms on a single charge.

Vision EQXX is solar-powered and boasts a 648-mile (1207 kilometres) range, similar to the distance between Mumbai and Mathura or Berlin and Paris. The car promises to consume less than 10-kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres or six miles per kilowatt-hour.

To put this into perspective, this is almost three times farther per kilowatt-hour than Tesla’s Model S Long Range, based on US EPA estimates.

One of the key aspects of the car resulting in the crazy good efficiency is its aerodynamics—the company claims the EQXX is more aerodynamic than a football.

Mercedes unveiled the Vision EQXX virtually during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Mercedes claims that based on the Vision EQXX’s battery, a driver would only have to fully recharge the car twice per month. Though the Vision EQXX doesn’t have any concrete production plans, for now, it’s expected to compete with other electric cars in the luxury car space like Porsche’s Taycan and Audi’s e-tron GT.

Mercedes says that the Vision EQXX is, “the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built.” That includes the materials the car is made of, with the interior of the car using mushroom fibres, cactus-based biomaterial and 100 per cent bamboo fibre.

“The Vision EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, 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 of Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz AG.

The electric concept car also incorporates 3D printing, with Mercedes partnering with startups that use digital tools to lower the weight of the car and reduce waste by removing excess material assisted by 3D printing.

The battery of Vision EQXX was also built to hold almost 100 kWh of energy but has 50 per cent less volume. The car’s solar panels also feed the battery system for up to 25 km of extra range.

To top things off, Mercedes also included a 47.5-inch screen that stretches the entire width of the Vision EQXX. It uses a Hyperscreen infotainment display that features 8K resolution that allows for seamless zooming and scrolling.


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