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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX has considerably more range than any EV offered currently

Der VISION EQXX zeigt, wie sich Mercedes-Benz die Zukunft des Elektroautos vorstellt. Das Auto hat eine Reichweite von mehr als 1.000 Kilometern und einen Energieverbrauch von weniger als 10 kWh pro 100 Kilometer. Der VISION EQXX steht für neue Maßstäbe hinsichtlich Energieeffizienz und Reichweite im realen Straßenverkehr sowie für die revolutionäre Entwicklung von Elektroautos. // The VISION EQXX is how Mercedes-Benz imagines the future of electric cars. The car has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometres. The VISION EQXX stands for major new advances: it sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and range in real-life traffic, and revolutionises the development of electric cars.

German automaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled an electric car with 620 miles, or 1,000 kilometers, of range on Monday. The VISION EQXX has the potential to revolutionize electric vehicle road trips and overall adoption, offering considerably more range than any other EV on the market.

While the current projections for range are extending far past any electrified model currently offered by any company on the market, the figures were obtained by using internal digital simulations or real-life traffic conditions.

“The technology program behind the VISION EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features,” Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, Chief Technology Officer responsible for Development and Procurement, said. “As a halo car, the VISION EQXX firmly establishes Mercedes-Benz as the brand that pairs luxury with technology in the automotive world and beyond. And the way we developed it is as revolutionary as the vehicle itself. VISION EQXX has seen the best minds from our R&D centers work together with engineers from our Formula 1 and Formula E programs. They are proving that innovations from motorsport – where powertrains are already highly electrified – have immediate relevance for road car development. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward.”

There is a lot to unpack in Mercedes’ lengthy press release, which features all of the fine points of the vehicle. However, the vehicle has lofty and somewhat groundbreaking expectations, even for a company that has as much story and tradition as Mercedes-Benz does. Executives have no issues looking at it as something that will undoubtedly be on the roads in the future. “All the elements that we see in this car will make it into series production,” Schäfer added.

Among the most interesting features, apart from the massive range estimation and other efficiency ratings that will put it among the “who’s who” of the EV industry, is Mercedes’ plan to utilize solar cells to supplement additional needs. The car will draw additional energy from 117 solar cells installed on the roof. Developed alongside the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE — the largest solar energy research institute in Europe — the solar cells will reduce the energy drain on the high-voltage system. Under ideal conditions, Mercedes-Benz says, an additional 15 miles, or 25 km, will be generated from the solar cells.

Mercedes is coming off of a huge announcement last month where it unveiled it had officially received approval for the first SAE Level 3 autonomous driving system with DRIVE PILOT. The system, which will act as a “traffic jam chauffer,” according to SAE guidelines, is the first conditionally automated driving system to meet the requirements of Global Automotive Regulation No. 157, which concerns the approval of vehicles with regards to Automated Lane-Keeping Systems.

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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX has considerably more range than any EV offered currently
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