Mercedes' Vision EQXX takes electric range up a level

04 January 2022 | David Young

Range and efficiency are at the heart increasing electric vehicle adoption and Mercedes is reducing battery size and weight to improve efficiency, allowing cars to go further with less

Mercedes' claims its Vision EQXX takes its electric range and efficiency to an entirely new level

Mercedes-Benz is already leading in terms of real-world range with the EQS with 245 kW – as evidenced by the recent Edmunds test where an EQS 450+ travelled 422 miles on one charge, 77 miles further than any other car previously tested.

Driven by the idea of zero impact on the planet and a highly responsible use of green energy, the company is encouraging its engineers to go above and beyond. The Vision EQXX is the result of a mission set to break through technological barriers and lift energy efficiency to new heights. It demonstrates the gains that are possible through rethinking the fundamentals from the ground up. This includes advances across all elements of its cutting-edge electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials.

"The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is how we imagine the future of electric cars. Just one-and-a-half years ago, we started this project leading to the most efficient Mercedes-Benz ever built – with an outstanding energy consumption of less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers. It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers2 (620 miles) on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. The VISION EQXX is an advanced car in so many dimensions – and it even looks stunning and futuristic. With that, it underlines where our entire company is headed: We will build the world"s most desirable electric cars." Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.

Mercedes-Benz claims that by ripping up the automotive engineering rulebook, it has built a software-driven electric car that re-imagines the road trip for the electric era.

"The technology program behind the Vision EQXX will define and enable future Mercedes-Benz models and features," says Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, chief technology officer responsible for Development and Procurement. "As a halo car, the Vision EQXX firmly establishes Mercedes-Benz as the brand that pairs luxury with technology in the automotive world and beyond. And the way we developed it is as revolutionary as the vehicle itself. We are challenging current development processes with innovative spirit and outside-the-box thinking. This truly is the way forward."

The car is one outcome of an ongoing program that is delivering a blueprint for the future of automotive engineering. Many of its features and developments are already being integrated into production, including the next generation of the MMA – the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture for compact and medium-sized cars.