German manufacturers are slowly catching up in terms of e-cars: Mercedes presented its brand new Vision EQXX study at the CES technology fair in Las Vegas. A Stromer that could overcome the fear of batteries in e-cars in the future – a real range nerd.

The show car prototype combines aerodynamics, lightweight construction and innovative battery technology and was created in just 18 months of development. The Vision EQXX looks great, the aerodynamic shape allows the car to stand elegantly on the wheels and gives it a certain lightness.

On the side, aerodynamically optimized rims and special tires, which are supposed to reduce air turbulence to a minimum, stand out. We know the retractable door handles from EQS, S-Class and SL

Photo: Mercedes Benz AG

However, the design department was initially left behind in this development, before the aerodynamicists were allowed to let off steam. They defined many areas of the vehicle even before the EQXX was optically developed; the airflow should flow past the body as unhindered as possible.

The result was an incredible drag coefficient of just 0.17 at 140 km / h. For comparison: Mercedes recently presented the world’s most streamlined production car, the electric EQS. Cw value: 0.20!

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Previous front runner in terms of aerodynamic drag: the electric Mercedes EQS

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And the Swabians have set themselves a high savings target: With the new study, Mercedes would like to cover more than 1000 kilometers with one battery charge – at the recommended speed on German autobahns. This is made possible by the mix of a particularly aerodynamic body and a very economical drive.

When adapting the up to 204 hp electric motor in the rear, the developers received support from in-house racing car professionals from Formula 1 and Formula E.

The result is impressive: the battery pack is only half the size of that of an EQS, almost a third lighter and, at around 100 kWh, has almost the same capacity.

Mercedes has teamed up with its supplier CATL and increased the silicon content in the battery cells. Coupled with other adjustments, the energy density of the batteries could almost be doubled.

Dream of the future? By no means! The battery technology should also be used in series vehicles in the coming years. 100 kWh capacity and a power consumption of less than 10 kW / 100 km – with this recipe, the range of 1000 kilometers that has so far only been possible for some diesels seems to be within reach.

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Streamlined stern with a huge LED light strip

Photo: Mercedes Benz AG

The 117 solar cells in the roof also play a small part in this, and they bring the EQXX a further 25 kilometers when the sun is shining. At around 1750 kilograms, the EQXX is also incredibly light for an electric car. The engineers at Mercedes achieve this with a new type of construction of the cast components. The motto: high stability with low material usage.

The extravagant interior is also presented in the best show car style. It’s completely vegan here, animal materials had to stay outside. Instead, cactus and mushroom leather or bamboo fibers are used.

The overall EQXX concept is intended to enable comfortable travel on routes for which electric cars have always had to stop charging.

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AUTO BILD editor Andreas Huber sits in a rehearsal. The highlight in the cockpit is the mega-wide monitor in the dashboard. It is an instrument cluster and infotainment screen at the same time

Photo: Mercedes Benz AG

Conclusion:

Range fear? Soon you will be able to remove the word from your vocabulary. Because with the EQXX, Mercedes shows that e-mobility can also do long distances. This silver coin could gild the future for us. Seldom has a study offered so many innovations that will soon be seen on the road. The EQXX can already be considered one of the highlights of the automotive year 2022.

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