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Mercedes-Benz’s ultra efficient Vision EQXX breaks cover

Vision EQXX promises a range of 1000 kilometres or 621 miles on a single charge and supercar rivalling aerodynamics

German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its most efficient car yet. Shown as a concept version and named Vision EQXX, the car was revealed at the Consumer and Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With a real-world electric range of over 1,000 kilometres, the Vision EQXX promises to set a benchmark for electric car efficiency.

Vision EQXX is still not a production car but very close to the one we will see on our roads soon. It uses renewable materials for its production causing no adverse effects on earth.

Mercedes-Benz says the car’s supercar-like design was inspired by natural shapes. There is liberal use of lightweight materials like magnesium wheels. As a result, the car weighs just 1,750 kilos. The battery uses 900V technology but is 50% smaller and 30% lighter than the battery used in Mercedes’ flagship electric car – the EQS. The roof boasts of super-thin solar panels which can help the car cover a distance of 25 kilometres on its own.

The battery weighs in at just 495 kilos. Mercedes has used technology from Formula 1 and it has used sustainable composite material such as sugar cane waste for the battery frame in the interest of keeping the car light.

Despite complying with German road-safety norms, and providing comfortable seating for four individuals, the Vision EQXX is claimed to set a new record for aerodynamic efficiency of 0.18 Cd. It is even lower than the current benchmark – the EQS with 0.20 Cd.

On the inside, the car features a new version of Mercedes’ “Hyperscreen”. It has a 47.5-inch 8K infotainment screen equipped with the company’s MBUX user interface system.

The concept is expected to go into production by 2024 and will likely sit in a similar segment as the C-Class.

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