Mercedes-electric Benz's prototype has a battery range of 1000 kilometres
According to Daimler, the VISION EQXX, labelled the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz ever manufactured
Mercedes-Benz, the Stuttgart-based German luxury carmaker, unveiled its battery-powered VISION EQXX electric prototype, which will have a range of more than 1,000 kilometres (km) per charge, according to the company. The Mercedes EQXX features a sporty, sleek, and futuristic design that might serve as the foundation for a production car that could compete with other premium electric vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron GT, and Tesla Roadster.
According to Daimler, the VISION EQXX, labelled the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz ever manufactured, will consume less than 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) every 100 kilometres. In comparison, Tesla's Model S burns 18.1 kWh over the same distance. Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kaellenius remarked, "The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars."
Unlike the Mercedes-Benz EQXX, however, the Tesla Model S is a production vehicle that is already selling well across the world. Daimler's prototype will be tested on various sorts of terrain before the middle of the year, according to CTO Markus Schaefer. Within two to three years, some components of the prototype will be available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, according to Schaefer.
The prototype, which was constructed in just 18 months, "puts an end to range anxiety," according to Mercedes-Benz, which is one of the main reasons why EVs haven't been in more demand. This necessitated the development of a new battery pack that, according to the business, would fit inside a compact vehicle and have an energy density of close to 400 watt hours per litre (a measurement of how much power batteries can hold compared to their size).
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX has a large 47.5-inch screen spread across the dashboard, which is based on the company's Hyperscreen infotainment system. The Vision EQXX's screen is a one-piece display with 8K resolution and cutting-edge graphics, unlike the current gen Hyperscreen, which is a combination of three distinct displays set inside one solid, 56-inch piece of glass.
Mercedes-parent Benz's company, Daimler, previously announced intentions to invest more than 40 billion euros ($45 billion) by 2030, including the construction of eight battery factories. It has stated that starting in 2025, all new car platforms will only produce electric vehicles.