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  • Writer's pictureIan McLaren

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept features 1000 km worth of EV range

Mercedes-Benz’s newest concept car is this brand’s most advanced, to date, when it comes to combining efficiency with sustainability.

Unveiled at the CES 2022 tech trade show, the Vision EQXX concept car is significant not only for its impressive claimed operating range, but also because it introduces any number of design cues and technological advances likely to feature throughout the brand’s broader portfolio of passenger cars in the not-too-distant future.

Featuring a drag coefficient of just 0.17, the Vision EQXX is designed and packaged to make optimal use of heat- and air flow management in order to gain operating range. Constructed using a high proportion of recycled and sustainable materials, the slippery Mercedes features subtle active aero, active cooling ducts and roof-mounted solar cells to achieve a claimed range of up to 1000 km per charge. Those 117 solar cells, for example, are used to power ancillary systems, helping to add up to 24-kilometres.

Significantly, the car’s 100 kWh battery offers the same energy outputs as the brand’s current flagship EV, the EQS, but in this application is now half the size and 30% lighter than when fitted in its luxury saloon sibling. This, of course, bodes well for this unit being fitted within models like forthcoming all-electric versions of the A-Class and C-Class.

Interestingly, the lightweight lid of the battery is made from a material derived from sugar-cane waste, reinforced with carbon fibre.

There are more sustainable materials to be found within the interior of the EQXX with items like the floor carpets made from fast-growing bamboo fibre.

A highlight of the car’s interior is its single-piece, 47.5-inch 8K display screen.

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