Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX: The future of motoring is now | News

2022. It’s a new year, and with that, a fresh-faced, wide-eyed new contestant has entered the fray. The arena is the high-performance electric vehicle segment. Featured players are about 202x all-electric sedans with violent athleticism, but with a delicate ecological touch.

Like his young ancestors, the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX The prototype – unveiled today via the Digital World Premiere live stream – seeks to redefine our understanding of what was once considered conventional (or even possible), providing yet another chapter of what the future of automobile can and will look like. If he delivers everything promised by the brilliant employees of Mercedes-Benz, he might as well completely rewrite the book.

Here’s our reveal coverage and thoughts on the groundbreaking new electric vehicle, poised to shake up the industry as much as any other car in automotive history.

Highlights

  • Platform for all future Mercedes-Benz electric cars in the future
  • Global functionality centered on the use of a Cloud-based AI and digital interface powered by game engine
  • The most efficient Mercedes-Benz car ever made:
    • 0.17 CDs, lowest drag coefficient ever by a production model
    • compact battery architecture, but with improved autonomy (620 miles or 1,000 km on a single charge)

Electrical performance and transmission

What we do know for sure, and what was marketed to us extensively throughout the livestream, is the EQXX’s revolutionary battery technology, which not only delivers battery life figures well above conventional outputs today, but also resulted in a smaller overall footprint.

Yes, that certainly means the battery itself is significantly smaller and much lighter than what’s been used in electric vehicles so far, but the new design is all about efficiency in all important areas of electrical performance; namely, a electric drive system who reached 95% efficiency (compared to 75% in current electric vehicles). Rooftop solar panels are also said to be part of the self-sufficiency equation. “Efficiency is the new motto”, according to Mercedes-Benz.

This should help keep power consumption (measured in kWh/100km) in the single digits, even under the stresses of real-world driving demands. For those unfamiliar with EV terminology, take for example the Porsche Taycan 4S, where achieving a mid-teen kWh/100km figure would be considered extremely good for this platform.

The EQXX’s electric powertrain has certainly been the beneficiary of the British company Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) the department’s expertise and their close working relationship with the company’s Formula 1 division. Mercedes-Benz has every right to brag about its close connection to motorsport’s most prestigious proving grounds, while showcasing the edge they’ve gained in technology adoption. by trickling into their road cars.

All things considered, Mercedes-Benz said this will allow the EQXX platform to achieve a 620 miles (1,000 km) range on a single charge. Although there are no official figures on horsepower or torque figures yet, there is generally a linear relationship between performance and range when it comes to electric vehicles. Therefore, we should expect the EQXX platform to be capable of producing impressive numbers, whether they are du 3-digit or even 4-digit high flavor, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Design and driver interface

From the outside, the EQXX incorporated visual cues from the Porsche Taycan and McLaren Speedtail (through my eyes, anyway). This results in a streamlined front part that transitions into a slanted and elongated teardrop silhouette at the rear.

This blend of futuristic design language and minimalism not only provides beautiful aesthetics, but also maximizes aerodynamic performance. The shape of the car is largely responsible for the above 0.17 CDs be achieved, which would make it the most aerodynamically efficient car ever produced.

Inside, there’s technology reminiscent of what you’d expect to see in futuristic sci-fi movies like blade runner Where Star Wars-without the buzz-killing dystopia, to boot. On the contrary, the cockpit of the EQXX is presented more as a utopia, with the prolific use of new era sustainable materials such as bamboo fiber, vegan AMSilk and cactus derivatives Deserttex, ensuring a harmonious balance bionic engineering and technological genius. the one-piece digital display and center tunnel also have a “floating” design, which just reiterates the general sentiment.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX Interior

Mercedes-Benz said its AI-based system “digital soul” manages car operations and functionality to enhance the driving experience, with the aim of taking the human-machine amalgam to new levels while redefining what is possible. It’s so new and so different, it almost takes a new vocabulary to be able to explain it in words; I encourage you to watch the livestream if you haven’t already.

And after?

Current word is that a production version will likely be a few years away, with the company stating that in the spring of this year they will.”..prove to the world that the road-legal VISION EQXX has a true electric range of over 1,000 kilometres”. If that means there will be a working prototype by thenor maybe something morethat remains to be seen. No idea on pricing just yet, but based on current industry offerings and what you now know about the EQXX, you might be bold enough to take a guess. I leave that to you.

The entire concept-to-prototype stage has certainly been accelerated by what would be considered normal standards, thanks in large part to emerging technologies and the most advanced computer modeling tools used for automotive design to date. But above all, Mercedes-Benz has a clear VISION for the future of transportation, so we shouldn’t be surprised if we see an EQXX-derived production car on the road sooner rather than later.

We will certainly keep you informed of future developments in what promises to be a revolution in the automotive industry.one that Mercedes-Benz says they will use to transition from an automaker to a software-focused company. Stay tuned.

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