Mercedes-Benz unveiled their latest concept car, the Mercedes-Benz EQXX electric. The company reviled the vehicle virtually at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The solar-powered vehicle is capable of exceeding 1,000 kilometres on a single charge. The car includes 117 solar cells installed on the roof of the car. The cells can add up to 25 km of range to the battery on long-distance journeys under ideal conditions.
However, unlike other options on the market, Mercedes did not add more bulk to their battery or increase the overall size of the cell. Instead, the company achieved it by “pulling out all the stops in drivetrain efficiency, energy density, aerodynamics and keeping a lightweight design.”
In addition, the vehicle includes a massive 47.5-inch screen in a nod to the Hyperscreen infotainment display.
However, unlike the current Hyperscreen in the EQS, this EQXX’s screen is a one-piece display.
Mercedes wanted to show a vehicle grounded in realty, unlike other concept cars. The company believes that the range is “completely realistic”. For instance, the company based their range estimates on real-life traffic conditions.
The company also announced it is working on a real-time 3D navigation system with NAVIS Automotive Systems. The real-time system will enable seamless zoom and scroll functions from satellite view down to a height of 10 meters.
Currently, Mercedes is not putting the EQXX into production, but we should see a lot of its tech and features in the updated models of its current line-up.