During the next CES 2022, one of America’s largest technology trade shows, Mercedes-Benz will unveil the highly anticipated prototype Vision EQXX, a concept car 100% electric that will be characterized by its extremely high efficiency and by offering an autonomy unparalleled in the market: more than 1,000 real km per charge.
“The Vision EQXX is an electric vehicle with a real range of more than 1,000 kilometers and a target consumption of just single digits at normal speed on the highway, which corresponds to a range of more than 6 miles (9.65 km) per kWh«, said at the time a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz in relation to this prototype.
Much of the development of the powertrain for this vehicle has been carried out by an interdisciplinary team that includes technicians from the British subsidiary Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrain, the division of the company currently dedicated to the construction of engines for Formula 1. Therefore, we are talking about a vehicle that will include the most cutting-edge technology in the industry.
In addition, it is expected that the different advances presented in the Vision EQXX will not take too long to reach the production vehicles of Mercedes-Benz, which currently already markets one of the electric cars with greater autonomy on the market: the EQS representative saloon, which homologates a maximum of 784 km WLTP.
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Markus Schäfer, a member of the Board of Mercedes-Benz, has confirmed that the Vision EQXX will be “significantly” more aerodynamic than the EQS. This is not a trivial goal, because the EQS announces a Cx of just 0.20, which makes it the most aerodynamic car currently on sale, ranking historically only behind such proposals as the GM EV1 or the Volkswagen XL1.
According to the information provided so far by Mercedes-Benz, the aerodynamic coefficient of the Vision EQXX will be 0.17 thanks to the use of active aerodynamic elements. The concept car It could also include an 800-volt electrical architecture, rooftop photovoltaic panels, a two-speed automatic gearbox, and relatively narrow tires.
Interestingly, the Vision EQXX will not be rear-wheel drive like the EQS, but front-wheel drive, as this configuration allows greater energy recovery. On the other hand, the brand’s technicians are also working on battery cells with an energy density 20% higher than those used in the EQS; in fact, silicon anodes are expected to be used.