From AMG to its semi-trucks, Mercedes-Benz is going increasingly electric, as is the rest of the car industry. And we’re slowly starting to see what Mercedes’ EVs will look like. This fall, for instance, sees the 2022 EQS sedan hit US dealers. But it’s just the first step. Hot on its heels is another EV, one that claims to deliver an impressive range: the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept.
Mercedes-Benz brought in F1 help to give the Vision EQXX more range
Given the state of the US’s charging network, range anxiety is still an issue for potential EV owners. The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept’s target range, though, might alleviate those concerns.
As of this writing, Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released many technical details about the Vision EQXX’s electric powertrain. However, the German automaker says the EV offers a “real-world driving range” of over 621 miles per charge. That figure is even more impressive considering the Vision EQXX’s battery pack is “sized like it’s for a compact car,” Roadshow says.
MotorTrend estimates the pack’s capacity at roughly 70 kWh. If that’s accurate, that would mean the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept has a smaller battery pack than the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. Meanwhile, Motor1 pegs the capacity at 104 kWh. Still, it’s worth noting that even with a 108-kWh battery pack, the 2022 EQS tops out at 485 miles of range. And that’s based on the European WLTP test, which is more generous than the EPA’s test.
So, how can the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept claim to offer well over 600 miles of range with a smaller pack? Mostly by leveraging the efficiency engineering know-how of its Formula 1 team. Precisely how Mercedes plans to do this is unclear. But the automaker is targeting “single-digit kWh per 100 km” energy consumption on the highway. That’s well over 200 mpge.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX’s tech could appear in future electric cars
As of this writing, Mercedes-Benz has only shared a few silhouetted shots of the Vision EQXX Concept. What little is visible resembles the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar more than the 2022 EQS, Autoblog reports. But Motor1 claims the concept car is a sedan, albeit one with a low drag coefficient.
The Vision EQXX Concept’s shape, though, is arguably less important than its powertrain, at least for future Mercedes-Benz models. Mercedes recently announced that it would stop developing platforms for internal combustion cars by 2025. And by 2030, it hopes to be all-electric “where market conditions allow.” The efficiency lessons learned from the Vision EQXX’s development will be critical if Mercedes wants to stay on schedule.
Will the Vision EQXX go into production?
That’s precisely how Mercedes-Benz sees the electric Vision EQXX Concept, Roadshow reports. During a recent presentation, company spokespeople said, “’All of the lessons learned out of this vehicle go into our series cars.’” That means passenger cars, AMGs, vans, and potentially other commercial vehicles.
As for the Vision EQXX itself, Mercedes plans to fully reveal it sometime in 2022. However, for now, it appears that it’s just a technical demonstration with no plans for production. But if that 621-mile range claim works out, there’ll likely be bits of the EQXX in electric Mercedes cars to come.
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