Mercedes Vision EQXX is set to become the longest, most efficient BEV in the world
The new Mercedes Vision EQXX concept car will debut on January 3, and the public will take a closer look at it when the Consumer Electronics Show opens later in the week.
The EQXX, which Mercedes first unveiled last summer, could prove to be a real game changer for the burgeoning battery-powered electricity market, with the automaker confirming the prototype will run to at 1,000 kilometers, or more than 600 miles, per charge. A production version should already follow.
Although Mercedes is not revealing a lot about the EQXX ahead of digital review, he noted that the concept vehicle will use 10 kilowatt-hours of energy to travel 100 miles – or better than 6 miles per kWh. That would make it considerably more efficient than even the new Lucid Air Dream Range model when it comes to pulling the most range with the least amount of batteries.
Take things the extra mile
Think of it in terms of electric vehicle equivalent to fuel economy. the the new GMC Hummer EV can travel just 1.5 miles per kilowatt hour, with products like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Volkswagen ID.4 getting between 2 and 3.5 miles per kWh. The most efficient Tesla, the Model S Long Range Edition, covers just over 4 miles, and the most efficient Lucid Air delivers about 5 miles per kWh.
While we think of BEVs as “zero-emission,” they require electrical current that can be produced by wind or solar power – or by burning coal or natural gas. Thus, efficiency means less emissions, as well as a lower energy bill for consumers.
The automaker doesn’t say much, it just points out the EQXX “is part of a large-scale Mercedes-Benz technological program aimed at breaking down technological barriers and taking energy efficiency to new heights. This demonstrates the gains that are possible by rethinking the fundamentals from top to bottom. “
How it works
Aerodynamics are clearly part of the equation, as the teaser images highlight. That said, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan has, at 0.20 Cd, the lowest drag coefficient of any production vehicle on the market. So, it’s unclear how far the automaker’s design team could go with EQXX.
Other milestones, Mercedes said in a statement, include “advancements in all elements of its advanced electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and durable materials. Complete with a barrage of efficiency measures. intelligent, including advanced software, Vision EQXX enables Mercedes-Benz to explore new frontiers in efficiency. ”
It’s also safe to assume that the EQXX electrical system runs at 800 volts or more and uses the latest silicon carbide chips.
Position yourself as a leader
The aim is to position Mercedes as the leader in electrification, said Markus Schäfer, COO of Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars. The numbers cited for the EQXX could mitigate some of the criticism the automaker has received for the EQS which offers solid range, but certainly no benchmark, of up to 350 miles per charge.
Of course, the question is whether the production version of the prototype will match, or at least come close. And there will be a lot of other questions, such as the power of the EQXX and how long it will take to charge its batteries. Based on the range and efficiency numbers cited by Mercedes, the battery should be around 100 kWh.
We’ll find out more on January 3 at noon, when the EQXX makes its virtual debut on the online platform Mercedes me media. It will be presented in the sheet at CES, starting January 5 in Las Vegas.