In a word: Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new electric vehicle concept that seeks to make range anxiety a permanent fixture of the past with more than 620 miles of range from a single charge. The secret sauce, you ask? Effectiveness and obsession with weight reduction.
A year and a half ago, Mercedes set out to create their most efficient vehicle ever. The result is the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX, an EV concept offering a range of over 620 miles on a single charge. Power consumption reaches over six miles per kWh from a battery small enough to fit in a compact vehicle.
German car manufacturer noted she achieved this feat by rethinking the fundamentals from top to bottom. Engineers used advanced digital tools to reduce weight and waste by removing excess material “assisted” by 3D printing.
Mercedes also uses ultra-low rolling resistance tires with optimized aero geometry mounted on lightweight magnesium wheels, aluminum alloy brake discs and ultra-thin solar roof panels to further reduce weight and extend the range. scope. In total, the four-door electric vehicle tips the scales at 3,858 pounds. For comparison, a Tesla Model S Plaid weighs 4,766 pounds.
Maximum power output is around 150 kW, although unfortunately Mercedes did not quote any acceleration or top speed figures. We do know, however, that the vehicle has a sliding drag coefficient of 0.17 cd, lower than the 0.18-0.2 cd of a typical soccer ball.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is little more than a concept at this point. Even if it doesn’t make it to showrooms in the current iteration, the automaker will surely borrow some of its smart engineering for other products that eventually see the light of day.