One of the biggest fears people have with electric vehicles is driving range. Depending on the model, EVs typically have an average range of around 300 to 400 km. While some others, such as Tesla, claim their EVs can do up to 600 km on a single charge, it seems Mercedes-Benz has everyone beat in terms of driving range with the Vision EQXX Concept.
Compared to other EVs on the market, Mercedes-Benz claims the Vision EQXX can cover over 1,000 km on a single charge, effectively ending range anxiety. To give an idea of just how far you can go with that range, it's enough to drive from Rizal Park in Manila City to Laoag in Ilocos Norte and back without needing to recharge. If you happen to be driving in Metro Manila alone, it might take a month or more before needing to recharge.
The automaker has yet to disclose specifics about the electric powertrain. So far, Mercedes says the EQXX will have a battery pack that holds “almost 100 kWh of energy”. The pack itself has 50% less volume and is 30-percent lighter than the one in the EQS. It will also have a maximum system voltage of 900 volts.
An electric motor that generates 201 horsepower (150 kW) powers the EV. Interestingly, Mercedes claims the powertrain is so efficient that 95% of the energy ends up at the wheels. The EQXX is equipped with 117 solar cells on the roof to help add driving range and power the ancillary electric system, such as the infotainment system and lights.
Styling-wise, the EQXX looks very different from other Mercedes models today. However, there is a reason for its teardrop shape design – aerodynamics. To slice through the air more efficiently, the EV has a low drag coefficient of only 0.18cd. The automaker also incorporated tech to make it even more aerodynamic such as air curtains on the front bumper.
Inside, there's a large display that's 47.5-inches wide, spanning the entire dashboard. It has 8K resolution and a navigation system with 3D graphics. The cabin also makes extensive use of sustainable materials for the seats, carpets, and more.
While it may be a concept, for now, Mercedes-Benz says a production version of the EQXX is on the way. However, the automaker has yet to say when the production model will debut.