The future is truly here, and it comes in the form of a Mercedes. The German carmaker began the year 2022 with a bang. Displaying their new concept car, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new Vision EQXX Concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 3, 2022.
With its sleek, futuristic design, the Vision EQXX will serve as the basis for a future production car that will set new standards for future electric cars around the world.
Featuring an all-new design, the Vision EQXX is truly a vision. Speaking about the new look of the car, Mercedes claims that the Vision EQXX is a next-generation design with an irresistible bodywork inspired by natural shapes. It demonstrates precisely what an electric vehicle by Mercedes-Benz would look like in the future. It has a lightweight design with innovative battery power and new sustainable materials like vegan leather derived from mushroom, bamboo, cactus and vegan silk.
A champion of efficiency, the Vision EQXX promises an impressive range of more than 1,000 km on a single battery charge, equating to a consumption of about 10 kWh of energy per 100 km.
According to Mercedes, most car-owners will need to charge the Vision only once or twice a month, which is a great performance equivalent to 100 kg/l in terms of petrol usage.
On top of this, the Vision EQXX also comes with solar panels fitted to the roof. These will deliver power to the electric system, which will also supply power to the auxiliary units in the VISION EQXX. This not only reduces the energy demands of the high-volt system but ultimately leads to more range, which can produce up to 25 km extra range for long-distance journeys.
With all of the available power, one might quickly expect a rather large battery in the new model. However, the battery size remains unchanged at 495 kg.
The energy density has also significantly improved to 200 Wh/kg, thanks to Mercedes’ new high-silicon-content battery. This ensures that the battery is 30% lighter than most batteries and it also takes up less than 50% of car space.
Design and infotainment
One of the main focuses of the new car is simplicity with a lightweight design. That said, Mercedes withdraws on its luxury elements.
The minimalism extends to the interiors with a weightless luxury feel that comes from the extensive use of lightweight, sustainable materials and organic-inspired design detailing. While the seats are made from mushroom roots, the floor carpets are made from 100% bamboo fibre.
A massive new hyper screen takes centre stage. The first-ever completely seamless display spans 47.5 inches with 8K resolution, acting as both an instrument cluster and infotainment system.
Working with navigation experts NAVIS Automotive Systems, inc. (NAVIS-AMS), Mercedes-Benz developed the first real-time 3D navigation system on a screen of this size. Executed on the one-piece display, it offers the user stunningly clear, accurate and intuitive route guidance.
The one-piece display is also highly energy efficient. Its mini-LED backlight consists of more than 3000 local dimming zones, meaning it consumes power only as and when needed in specific parts of the screen.
While the car isn’t a produced model yet, it sets the technical tone for the brand’s next-generation production of electronic vehicles that the brand describes as “a symbol of our ambition to create the most efficient car ”.