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Jan 04, 2022 1:41AM

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision EQXX, an electric concept car with 620-plus miles of range. 
  • Its aerodynamic design and lightweight materials contribute to that efficiency, Mercedes says. 
  • The EQXX previews things Mercedes could incorporate into future electric cars. 

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off of a striking electric concept car on Monday. Meet the Vision EQXX.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

You probably won't be able to buy a Mercedes exactly like the Vision EQXX anytime soon. But some of the advancements Mercedes developed here could make their way into your future electric Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

If range anxiety is the fear of running out of energy in an electric car, Mercedes wants the EQXX to be something like a chill pill.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes built the EQXX to be its most efficient car, it said — one that demonstrates that range anxiety could become a thing of the past.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The Vision EQXX should deliver at least 620 miles of driving range on a full battery, Mercedes says. That beats the rangiest electric car you can buy today (the $170,000 Lucid Air) by 100 miles.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

If Mercedes' claims are true, the EQXX would beat the longest-range Tesla by more than 200 miles.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

But Mercedes didn't just give the EQXX a gigantic battery pack and call it a day. It says it's engineered the EQXX to deliver more range using less energy.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The EQXX also gets special tires that cut down on rolling resistance ...

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

... and lightweight magnesium wheels.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes made it a point to cut weight wherever possible. It chopped out excess material and used 3D-printed parts.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

As a result, the EQXX weighs around 3,800 pounds, about a ton less than Mercedes' EQS sedan.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The company also developed a new battery pack and drivetrain to optimize efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Since the EQXX is geared more toward long road trips than track days, it makes relatively little power — just 200 horses.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Solar panels integrated into the EQXX's roof can add up to 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) of range under ideal weather conditions, Mercedes says.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

It wouldn't be a Benz if it didn't have a luxurious cabin.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

But the EQXX's interior, just like the rest of the car, is all about efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The door pulls are made from a vegan silk-like material, the company says.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The EQXX also sports vegan leathers made from mushrooms and cacti, according to Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

Some surfaces are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

The Vision EQXX also offers a sneak peek at the future of Mercedes' in-car screens. The concept has a single massive display that stretches 47.5 inches across the dashboard.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

We already knew Mercedes is getting serious about electric cars. The EQXX concept is yet another sign of what's to come in the automaker's battery-powered future.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX concept EV.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX. Mercedes-Benz

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