We’ve barely wiped the champagne stains off our carpets from the New Year’s celebrations and Mercedes-Benz staffers are already hard at work with new releases. Just earlier this week, the folks over at Stuttgart announced the VISION EQXX – a concept car capable of driving more than 1000 km on a single charge. It’s exactly what we, road-trippers, have been calling for.
According to the press release, Mercedes started working on the project just one-and-a-half years ago which has given birth to a concept with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers.
Importantly, Mercedes’ engineers didn’t just drop in a bigger battery and stop for the day. That’s the strategy we’ve seen many electric vehicles take lately, and it’s an understandable one: more power onboard means more power for driving. Problem is, it also makes for a heavier and less efficient vehicle, not to mention a more expensive one.
In this case, the 150 kW electric drivetrain is 95% efficient. That means 95% of the energy from the battery ends up at the VISION EQXX wheels. To make this happen, Mercedes-Benz borrowed the power electronics unit from the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE hypercar, and them combined it with next-gen silicon carbides and a whole new battery pack design.
What’s arguably most exciting is just how practical all of this is, Mercedes says. “The VISION EQXX is an exciting, inspirational, yet completely realistic way forward for electric vehicle technology,” the automaker argues, both in terms of drivetrain and sustainable materials, but also for how computer modeling and such can be implemented to speed up new vehicle development.
While upcoming Mercedes EVs may not look quite so striking as this concept car, the promise is that they’ll still benefit from some of the efficiency and new luxury developments it debuts.