Mercedes-Benz today released a preview of its next prototype, the Vision EQXX. This vehicle will be a fully electric sports car whose main characteristic will be a range of 750 miles per charge, which on paper would make it the most capable electric vehicle on the international scene.
In the teaser, it can be seen that Mercedes-Benz has taken special care of the car’s aerodynamics, which will have an elongated rear that is somewhat reminiscent of the record-hunting prototypes that the firm developed during the 30s of the last century. We would not rule out that the letters “XX” in its name refer to its drag coefficient (that is, it could have a Cx of just 0.20).
Should it go into production, the EQXX would not only become the flagship of Mercedes-Benz’s ambitious electric strategy; it would also be a show of strength for the Daimler group. According to the technicians in charge of the project, specialists from the company’s Formula 1 team, the EQXX, is “the electrician of the future.”
Markus Schafer, head of research and development at Mercedes-Benz, stated the following about this concept car: “We have brought together a group of our best engineers to take on an extraordinary task: to build the electric vehicle with greater autonomy and greater efficiency than the world has seen. This is a serious project, pursuing next-generation technologies. We intend to incorporate this learning into our next generation of production cars. ‘
The vehicle will have two electric motors, which will have a maximum power of 335 hp (250 kW) each, associated with a two-speed gearbox. Its electrical system will be 800 volts, a technology that more and more manufacturers embrace (Porsche, Maserati, Hyundai), and that could reach the signature of the star with the next EQS.
One of the most interesting points is that, according to those responsible for the project, the superlative autonomy of the EQXX will be the result not of the use of large-capacity batteries, but of the combination of a series of new technologies that will improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Will the EQXX make it to production? It isn’t easy to know, but what is certain is its technical advances will end up landing on the company’s electric streetcars.