The 1,000km EV is here

Mercedes-Benz presents the revolutionary electric VISION EQXX

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Mercedes-Benz presented its electric concept car, VISION EQXX, during its participation in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a tech show that has become a mecca for carmakers eager to show electrification capabilities.اضافة اعلان

The VISION EQXX is an expression of the long-established German car maker upcoming direction towards the all-electric future of the Mercedes-Benz electric brand, which currently bears the symbol EQ.

Commenting on this important launch, Ola Källenius, CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors of Mercedes-Benz, said: “The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is the way we imagine the future of electric cars. Only a year and half ago, we started this project that led to the production of the most efficient Mercedes-Benz cars ever made, with an impressive energy consumption of less than 10 kilowatt-hour per 100m. It has a range of more than 1,000km on a single charge using a battery that fits even a small vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in many dimensions — it looks stunning and futuristic.  It indicates where our entire company is heading as we look to offer the world’s most desirable electric vehicles.”

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Mercedes says that issues of range and efficiency are the factors that will determine future competitive success in the automotive world, which is in essence the world of electric cars.

The issue of the long-range is the most influential element in accelerating the process of consumers’ adaptation and their recognition of the electric option.  As for efficiency, it is related to that golden equation between the size and weight of the cars’ electric battery system, which means greater capacity and longer range.

Through this innovative project of the VISION EQXX, it appears that Mercedes-Benz intends to challenge the industry’s norms in the areas of range and efficiency.  It is good to know that Mercedes’s EQS 450+ has an already amazing actual Range of 675km per single charge, making the German electric vehicle maker the proud holder of the title of the highest Range of electric cars sold on the market so far.

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Mercedes-Benz says that this new concept of cars is the result of a joint effort of a group of best minds and expertise from Mercedes-Benz and other companies, among whom are the high-performance powertrain engineers working in the Formula 1 racing program at Mercedes-AMG High-Performance Powertrains (HPP).  They are credited for having a tremendous experience in the field of microengineering and extreme performance; the optimal use of size and weight to extract the highest possible power; as well as the use of artificial intelligence and 3D printing to solve engineering problems.

All these efforts come together to achieve remarkable progress that defies the current obstacles of range and efficiency. Within only a year and a half, the team was able to achieve a tangible colossal achievement, represented by a figure of 10 kilowatt-hour per 100km, which means that the 100 Kilowatt-hour battery is able to provide the energy needed to travel a distance of 1,000km on a single charge.  This highly effective battery is characterized by a smaller size and significantly smaller weight; innovative and improved efficiency of the power system (the electric motor, transmission and all related parts), as well as the energy density in the battery, in addition to challenging the possible in aerodynamics and the light weight of the body and chassis.

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One of the most prominent engineering achievements of this project is the development of Mercedes-Benz modular architecture, which is the platform for building the upcoming Mercedes electric cars, especially in the compact and medium car segments, as well as the development of the UX/UI user experience communication system between the car and passengers, which was developed in an amazing way that mimics the intuition of the human mind. In addition, great expertise was used in the production of environmentally friendly alternative organic materials to create an animal-free passenger cabin, for example.  Another innovation is the solar cell system that generates enough energy to power many of the electrical component’s equipment in the VISION EQXX. This solar system consists of 117 solar cells on the roof, which reduces battery energy drain, adding up to 25km of range on long trips in ideal conditions.

From a design perspective, the engineering goal was to maximize efficiency and range, and since the car’s ability to penetrate the air as it moves is a key element in deciding the extent of its energy consumption, aerodynamics had a significant impact on range.  Mercedes-Benz says that in normal long-distance driving, an electric car consumes roughly two-thirds of its battery capacity to make its way through the air, which is why the team of engineers at Mercedes-Benz focused on this point, achieving the nearly impossible; the VISON EQXX has a drag ratio of just 0.17, which is an air resistance measure.  To know how miraculous this number is, let us compare it with its sister EQS, which boasts a drag ratio of 0.20, which is considered the best in the world among cars in production.

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Gorden Wagener, chief design officer Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, explains: “The VISION EQXX is a vision of the future that embodies the desire for the next level of luxury from Mercedes. As designers, we always think in terms of technology and aesthetics. The aerodynamics of the VISION EQXX embody this fusion of tech and aesthetic for us as designers. In line with our philosophy of Sensual Purity, we created spectacular proportions that combine beauty with efficiency. The resulting body flow delivers revolutionary aerodynamics. The fact that the end result is as beautiful as it is bears testament to the skill of our design team working in close collaboration with the aerodynamics experts.”

The devil is in the details of the VISION EQXX, and the numbers are the highlight of the genius of this concept. We start with the horsepower output which is ‘only’ 150 kilowatts of power, or what translates into 204 horsepower. We say ‘only’ because in the world of electric cars we are used to astronomical numbers of power.  The Mercedes EQS boasts 525 horsepower, but the secret to the power number is the very lightweight of the VISION EQXX; merely 1750kg, which is rare among electric cars that suffer from “obese” weights such as 2510kg for the Mercedes EQS mentioned earlier.

The VISION EQXX represents the biggest game-changer that Mercedes-Benz is offering today in the electric challenge and the electric competition arena, signaling its intention to lead again as it once did, and aspiring to remain “the best or nothing” car brand.

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