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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX – Taking Electric Range and Efficiency to an Entirely New Level

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Range and efficiency are set to define the electric era. Exceptional range will make electric cars suitable for every journey and help to increase overall adoption. Reduced battery size and weight will improve efficiency, allowing us to go further with less. Mercedes-Benz is determined to lead the way. We are already leading the way in terms of real-world range with the EQS with 245 kW, as evidenced by the recent Edmunds test where an EQS 450+ travelled 422 miles on one charge, 77 miles further than any other car previously tested.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX
VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

However, Mercedes-Benz is not stopping there. Driven by the idea of zero impact on our planet and a highly responsible use of green energy, we encouraged our engineers to go above and beyond. They are working intensively to take range and efficiency to a completely new level. The VISION EQXX is the result of a mission we set to break through technological barriers and lift energy efficiency to new heights. It demonstrates the gains that are possible through rethinking the fundamentals from the ground up. This includes advances across all elements of its cutting-edge electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials. Complete with a barrage of innovative and intelligent efficiency measures, including advanced software, the VISION EQXX allows us to explore new frontiers of efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX
VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

“The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project leading to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built – with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers. It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world”s most desirable electric cars.” Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX
VISION EQXX – taking electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level


…achieves more with less

Being efficient is all about cutting waste to an absolute minimum to make the most of what you have, be that energy, time or resources. In the Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, efficiency means more range from less energy, more tangible luxury and convenience with less impact on nature, and more electric mobility with less waste. It also means radically shorter development times through the application of advanced digital tools and cross-functional teamwork.

…can get from Berlin to Paris on a single charge

A single charge of the VISION EQXX would take you from Berlin to Paris, from New York City to Cincinnati, Ohio, or from Beijing to Nanjing. Not because it has a big battery, but because it’s highly efficient. Based on average distances driven per year, a driver in the U.S. or China would have to fully recharge the VISION EQXX only twice per month and in Europe just once per month.

…is the electric equivalent of a “1-litre car”

The VISION EQXX uses less than 10 kWh of electrical energy to travel 100 km.That equates to traveling 6 miles on 1 kWh of electrical energy. But what does that mean? Translated into fossil-fuel consumption, this is around the golden figure of 1 liter per 100 kilometers (235 mpg).

Here are a few examples of what 10 kWh of energy delivers in other areas of life:

  • Run a tumble dryer for just over 3 hours
  • Run an average domestic air conditioner for around 3 hours
  • Use an iron for 5 hours
  • Watch a 50-inch LED TV for 100 hours
  • Run the conventional (non-LED) floodlights at a major sports stadium for around 3 minutes

…is more aerodynamic than a football

On a long-distance journey, a typical EV uses around two-thirds of its energy just pushing its way through the air. At 0.17,the ground-breaking cd figure of the VISION EQXX can make a big difference at highway cruising speeds. A reduction of just 0.01 adds around 2.5% to the range. Let’s put that into context with a few other drag coefficients:

  1. Penguin – 0.05
  2. VISION EQXX – 0.17
  3. EQS – 0.20
  4. Football – 0.18 to 0.2
  5. Cyclist –0.6 to >0.8
  6. Person – 0.8 to 1.2
  7. Parachute – 1.1 to 1.3

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